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INTERIM STUDY REPORT Judiciary Committee Rep. Fred Jordan, Chairman Oklahoma House of Representatives Interim Study 12-057, Rep. Ann Coody October 18, 2012 Grandparent Custody and Adoption Robert Stein, Grandparent and Concerned Citizen • Testified about custody of granddaughter. His granddaughter is five-years-old and Mr. Stein has had custody all her life. • Mr. Stein received formal guardianship which cost him approximately $2,000 to $3,000. An additional expense is incurred every year with the annual guardianship report. • When looking into consensual adoption, Mr. Stein found it would cost him $15,000 to $30,000. (includes home studies, background check, filing fees, attorney fees, etc.) • Adoption would be more stable for the child and less confusing. • Suggested legislation that would eliminate some of the fees. Also, believes that background checks are unnecessary when he has recently completed one for other purposes. • Mr. Stein also believes a more streamlined process would make it easier for grandparents to adopt. • The committee noted that these procedures are in place for a purpose, even though they may not be functioning as hoped. Steven Kerr, Attorney The Kerr Law Firm • Mr. Kerr has completed several types of adoptions. Adoptions are difficult cases for attorneys because the attorney is at the mercy of truthfulness of clients. He provided an example of a case where the birth mother lied about who the father was, and the child had to be returned. • The price Mr. Stein quoted was high, and suggested he can shop around for a cheaper price. • In 1997, Oklahoma adoption laws were amended and made adoption much more difficult. • Provided an overview of the ways an adoption can be contested. There are several factors that can extend the process, and when the legal process is long it gets expensive. • Suggests that court forms be updated. • Suggests that fingerprints be allowed to be taken by OSBI at the onset, since, currently OSBI cannot review fingerprints there unless the prints have been rejected 3 times. • Currently, a home study can be waived under state statute when the child has been living with the grandparents for so long. • Suggested that the annual guardianship report expense should be fixed in grandparent situations. • Background checks are necessary to make sure that there is nothing in the prospective parents’ past that could affect the child or weigh on their credibility.
|Okla State Agency||
House of Representatives, Oklahoma
|Okla Agency Code||
|Title||Grandparent custody and adoption|
|Alternative title||Interim study report|
Oklahoma. Legislsature. House of Representatives. Judiciary Committee.
|Publisher||Oklahoma House of Representatives|
Report to Governor or Legislature
Grandparents as parents--Oklahoma.
|OkDocs Class#||L1305.7 I61s 12-057|
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L1305.7 I61s 2012
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