Despite the rising number of children being born out of wedlock, too many would-be parents who can't conceive can't find a child to adopt. That fact alone would be reason to applaud a Berkeley County delegate's proposal to improve the adoption process in West Virginia.
Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, said she and Barbara Fleischauer, co-chair of the judiciary subcommittee, want to overhaul the state's adoption law because it's now so poorly written adoptive parents can never be certain an adoption is final.
For example, the biological father has a year from the day he learns about an adoption to contest it, no matter how long ago it took place. The new bill would require the mother to provide extensive information on any man she believed might have fathered the child, so challenges could be handled before the child begins to bond with new parents.
Both Douglas and Fleischauer told The Associated Press that subcommittee's vote will give lawmakers a chance to debate any changes at length.