New Utah law targets adoption fraud

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:30 AM


SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved legislation aimed at curbing adoption fraud.

The law requires agencies to implement rules barring employees from misinforming adoptive parents about children they intend to adopt.

Lawmakers say it will reduce the growing number of women traveling to Utah to give babies up for adoption without first consulting the birth father.

The proposal comes on the heels of a Utah Supreme Court ruling in February that pulled a 2-year-old girl from the home she had been raised in since birth and gave custody to her birth father.

The Supreme Court upheld a ruling from a lower court that determined that a Utah adoption center ignored the birth father's parental rights.

The father says his ex-wife gave birth in Utah while he was away on military service.

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