Legislative Efforts

What We Stand For

Our Work

NYAAFF’s main function is to monitor and weigh in on proposed legislation in the fields of adoption and assisted reproduction in New York State. Based on our collective knowledge and experience in these areas, we determine whether to support, oppose or propose revisions to each piece of proposed legislation.

NYAAFF also drafts legislation to address issues our clients are experiencing as a result of problems with the current laws in the fields of adoption and assisted reproduction.

Position Letters

KinGAP-Payments-After-Adoption (5/18/20)

Position: Support Status: Pending Bill Number: A9840

Virtual Finalizations of Adoption Proceedings (5/11/20)

Position: Not Applicable Status: Not Applicable Bill Number: Not Applicable

Virtual Finalizations - Response from Deputy Chief Administrative Judge of Unified Court System.

Position: Not Applicable Status: Not Applicable Bill Number: Not Applicable

Executive Order for Adoption Home Studies During COVID-19 (3/30/20)

Position: Support Status: Pending Bill Number: Not Applicable

Office of Court Administration Proposed Legislation Regarding Notice and Consent Rights of Unwed Birth Fathers in Adoptions (3/2/20, 7/3/19)

Position: Oppose Status: Not Enacted Bill Number: N/A

Surrogacy Bill With Delayed Parentage (2/19/20)

Position: Oppose Status: Pending Bill Number: S07717

Preserving Family Bonds Act (12/11/19, 10/21/19, 7/9/19)

Position: Oppose Status: Pending (2019 – passed Senate and Assembly, vetoed by Governor) Bill Number: A02199A/S04203A

Child Parent Security Act (11/20/19, June 5, 2017)

Position: Support Status: Pending (2019 – passed Senate, no vote in Assembly) Bill Number: A01071C/S02071B

Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates (10/21/19, 6/7/16)

Position: Support Status: Enacted Bill Number: A05494/S03419

Conforms Social Services Law to Expanded Definition of “Relative” for Foster Care & Kinship Guardianship (10/21/19)

Position: Support Status: Enacted Bill Number: A00569/S02714

Conforms Family Court Act to Expanded Definition of “Relative” for Foster Care & Kinship Guardianship (10/21/19)

Position: Support Status: Enacted Bill Number: A-01071C/S02071-B, A08059/S06405

Confirms Availability of Step-Parent Adoptions for Married Same Sex Couples (10/10/19)

Position: Support Status: Enacted Bill Number: A00460/S03999

Reuniting Families Act (8/1/19)

Position: Support Status: Enacted Bill Number: A02106A/S05024A

Notice and Consent Rights of Unwed Birth Fathers in Adoptions (6/3/19)

Position: Oppose Status: Not Enacted Bill Number: Not Applicable