By Steve Barnes
Re-Homing Banned in Arkansas, Wisconsin and Louisiana. Florida and Illinois have legislation underway. No child should ever be moved outside of their family and placed in the care of a family that has not undergone vetting, preparation and a court's approval. If you agree and believe children deserve to be protected and accounted for, consider contacting your congressional representatives.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 6 (Reuters) - Spurred by the disclosure that a lawmaker transferred custody of children he had adopted to a family where one of the children was sexually abused, Arkansas' governor on Monday signed legislation barring the practice known as "re-homing."
The new statute signed by Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, forbids parents from assigning custody of children they adopt to another household, except close relatives, without court approval. The crime would be a felony punishable by a prison sentence and fines.
The Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York, which tracks such legislation, said Wisconsin and Louisiana have also banned re-homing. Florida and Illinois are weighing legislation to restrict or ban the practice, it said.