By: Jackson S.B. No. 151
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the recognition of foreign adoptions and the issuance
of a supplementary birth certificate.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 162, Family Code, is
amended by adding Section 162.023 to read as follows:
Sec. 162.023. ADOPTION ORDER FROM FOREIGN COUNTRY. (a)
Except as otherwise provided by federal law, an adoption order
rendered to a United States citizen that is made under due process
of law by a foreign country shall 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.
(b) A person who adopts a child in a foreign country may
register the order in this state. A petition for registration of a
foreign adoption order may be combined with a petition for a name
change. If the court finds that the foreign adoption order meets
the requirements of Subsection (a), the court shall order the state
(1) register the order under Chapter 192, Health and
Safety Code; and
(2) file a certificate of birth for the child under
Section 192.006, Health and Safety Code.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.