SPRINGFIELD – An adoption reform bill sponsored by State Representative Keith Sommer (R-Morton) was signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.
House Bill 3079 eliminates a redundant Illinois office, the intercountry adoption coordinator, which had tripped up adoptive families who had already navigated the comprehensive federal international adoption process. It also requires DCFS to provide post-adoption services to adoptive families and to better publicize those services, as well as, streamlines the re-adoption process in Illinois courts.
“This achievement would not have been possible if not for the hard work of some very determined adoptive families,” Sommer said. “Kris McClelland of Dunlap and Shelley Hauter of Mackinaw were here every step of the way to see this bill become a law.”
McClelland and Hauter were on hand in the Governor’s office for the bill signing.
“I appreciate Governor Rauner for signing this important legislation and for inviting these families to attend the signing of the law they worked so hard to pass,” Sommer added.
Co-sponsors of the bi-partisan bill include Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap).