Schmidt introduces "Juno" bill
Young or unmarried women who give their babies up for adoption – like Juno in the hit movie by that name – could get special assistance after their birth under a new bill from Rep. Jean Schmidt.
The Miami Township Republican and Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., introduced a bill today that would authorize the authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to provide $30 million in grants to enhance counseling and other support services for birthparents after they have placed a child with an adoptive family.
The grants also could be used to train hospital staff about how to interact with birthparents and adoptive families or to operate a national hotline.
“Placing a child for adoption is a positive and loving choice for the birthparent, child and adoptive family,” Schmidt said in a news release. “This legislation will help ensure more birthparents have the support they need – if they require it – to positively move forward with their lives.”
The bill would requires HHS to report back to Congress on all of the services available to birthparents and how services for birthparents might be improved.