29 Jun: Weinberg Bill Would Require Adoption Agency Employees To Undergo Background And Child Abuse Record Checks

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg which would require that employees of agencies specializing in international adoptions undergo criminal background and child abuse record checks has been introduced in the Senate.

“When parents in the United States rely on an adoption agency to find them a child in another country, social workers are called upon to bridge the gap between parents and the overseas orphanage,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “A myriad of circumstances can surround the need for a child to be put up for adoption, and more often than not, the child has lived through some traumatic experiences. Moving to a different country to live with a new family is also very traumatic, and this legislation would work to make sure that the social workers have the best interest and safety of the child in mind.”