By:  Jackson                                                      S.B. No. 151
	(In the Senate - Filed December 12, 2002; January 30, 2003, 
read first time and referred to Committee on Jurisprudence; 
February 24, 2003, reported favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 
5, Nays 0; February 24, 2003, sent to printer.)

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 registrar to: (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.
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