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12:42 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Committee Approves Child Custody Transfer Rules

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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would allow a parent to temporarily transfer custody of their child to another person or family.

State Sen. Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City) says he modeled his bill on an Illinois law that 25 other states have adopted. It allows a parent or legal guardian to delegate any powers regarding care and custody of a child to another person for up to a year.

It does not include the power to consent to marriage, termination of parental rights, or the adoption of the child, or allow the new custodian to give consent for an abortion.

Treat says the transfer of responsibility would be overseen by third party non-profit groups, rather than state courts.

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