FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       
January 15, 2020
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
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Rep. Steineke Votes to Make Strides in WI Adoption Laws

MADISON – Today, Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) voted to improve the adoption process by supporting a package of eight bills from the bipartisan Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption. The task force recommendations come on the heels of seven hearings from around the state, where members heard from experts, parents, and families about ways to improve the adoption system.

“I applaud Chairwoman Dittrich and the task force members’ commitment to finding solutions that work for some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable kids,” said Rep. Steineke. “Biological parents, adoptive parents, and the children involved in the adoption process deserve stability, clarity, and simplicity in our system – I believe these bills take great steps to accomplish those goals.”

The task force was instructed to focus on areas surrounding the adoption process that have created unnecessary barriers for both biological and adoptive parents, including termination of parental rights, shortening the timeline for adoptions, reducing the financial burden of adoption, and increasing awareness for adoption options. The eight bills approved in the Assembly today address these issue areas.

“I’ve always said that the best interest of the child should be our top priority, and the best interest of the child is always to provide a safe, loving, and stable family,” continued Rep. Steineke. “I’m proud to support this package of bills that removes roadblocks and increases resources and awareness surrounding adoption.”

The bills from the Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption now head to the state Senate for consideration.