HBA-KDB S.B. 1000 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1000 By: Jackson Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 4/16/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, there are no provisions regarding the adoption of a child from a foreign country by a citizen of the United States. Therefore, the procedure for such an adoption is determined by each individual county. There is concern that there may be conflicting procedures among counties. Senate Bill 1000 provides unified procedures relating to international adoptions and birth certificates for such adoptees. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS Senate Bill 1000 amends the Family Code to require an adoption order rendered to a United States citizen that is made under due process of law by a foreign country to be accorded full faith and credit by the courts of this state and enforced as if the order were rendered by a court in this state. The bill authorizes a person who adopts a child in a foreign country to register the order in this state. The bill authorizes a petition for registration of a foreign adoption order to be combined with a petition for a name change. If the court finds that the foreign adoption order is made under due process of law by a foreign country, the bill requires the court to order the state registrar to register the order and issue a certificate of birth for the adopted child. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.