Adoption Bill Sent Back to N.J. Legislature for Revision

Jun 24, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
New Jersey is in the middle of a legal battle concerning an adoption bill that was pushed through the legislature, as governor Chris Christie vetoed the document due to several specific clauses.

Adoption legislation is difficult to pass, as the rights for the children who were taken in are often juxtaposed with the guaranteed anonymity of the parents who placed their child into the protective custody of an agency.

New Jersey is in the middle of a legal battle concerning an adoption bill that was pushed through the legislature, as governor Chris Christie vetoed the document due to several specific clauses, according to The Associated Press.

Christie exercised his power to veto due to his objection to giving adopted children access to their original birth certificate, which would contain the names of their birth parents, the news source reported.

"The decision of any biological parent to seek adoptive parents for a child is an enormously complicated choice, and the protections of anonymity can be a significant consideration when choosing adoption," Christie said in a statement to the AP.

Governor Christie favored a slight adjustment to the legislation, which would include a third party that could contact the birth parents in an effort to gain their permission regarding their anonymity, Reuters reported.