Kan. lawmakers eliminate 30-day adoption wait

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas lawmakers have eliminated the state's mandatory 30-day waiting period on adoption requests, saying the limbo period can be heart-wrenching for the prospective parents.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Governor Sam Brownback signed the measure to remove the waiting period, which was highlighted in a reality television series called "The Baby Wait" on Logo TV.

In that show a Wisconsin couple wanted to adopt a Kansas couple's twin newborns and expressed fear during the 30-day wait that the biological parents would change their minds.

The new law allows a court hearing anytime within 60 days of someone filing an adoption petition.

Topeka adoption attorney Allan Hazlett says the new law means an adoption could now theoretically be finalized before the baby is even a day old.


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