STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senator Lynne Pancrazi (D-Yuma) released the following statement on the signing of her bill SB1330, which allows counties to finalize adoptions by ending the custodial rights of biological parents who cannot be located.
The Yuma County Attorney's office was forced to stop providing this service to family members and foster families who were in the process of adopting when a judge ruled the office lacked the authority to do so.
"This one-sentence change to statute allows families in Yuma, and across the state, to finally escape their legal limbo when a child's biological parent cannot be found or refuses to be found. I thank my legislative colleagues for passing this legislation and Governor Ducey for signing it," said Senator Pancrazi.
"I am thrilled and relieved that these children will finally become members of loving, stable families and they can all move on with their lives, permanently together."