Bill pushes ethics for adoption agencies

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27 2013 5:45 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Adoption agencies or agency employees would be subject to "minimum ethical responsibilities" for the representations they make to parties involved in adoptions under a bill endorsed by a Senate committee Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee approved an amended version of SB183, which is aimed at cracking down on misrepresentations made by adoption agencies and their employees.

An earlier version of the bill attempted to address fraud, but the bill's sponsor, Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, later revised the legislation to require the state Office of Licensing to implement ethical rules prohibiting an agency or an employee of an adoption agency from misrepresenting facts or information.

Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said he may introduce amendments to address the issue of adoption agencies and employees aiding or encouraging misrepresentations by birth mothers.

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