Adoption, residency reqs
ADOPTION – Amends existing law to provide an exception to residency requirements in certain adoption proceedings.

RS30940 / S1280

Children in foster care may be adopted by families and relatives who do not live in Idaho. According to Section 16-1506, Idaho Code, before a family can petition a court for adoption in Idaho they must reside in and maintain a dwelling in Idaho for six (6) consecutive months. It is in the best interest of foster children and the state that adoptions do not require an out-of-state family to reside in Idaho for six (6) consecutive months. This requirement delays a permanent home for some children and keeps the state involved with children and adoptive families lives longer than is required or helpful. In some cases, adoption and the permanent home have been delayed for years. This change allows children to achieve timely permanency the court has sufficient information about the child and family to finalize the adoption.

The projected impact is negligible. There will be some small savings to the state when children achieve permanency earlier; however, the cases are rare enough that they will not result in a significant savings.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/06 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/07 Reported Printed; referred to Judiciary & Rules
02/28 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
02/29 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/04 Read third time in full – PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - VanOrden
Title apvd - to House
03/05 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
03/05 Read First Time, Referred to Judiciary, Rules & Administration
03/12 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/13 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/14 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/15 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 65-0-5
AYES – Achilles, Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Beazer), Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Horman, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – None
Absent – Dixon(1), Ehardt, Green, Kingsley, Wheeler
Floor Sponsor - Erickson
Title apvd - to Senate
03/18 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
03/18 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/19 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
03/19 Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/20 Reported delivered to Governor at 4:52 p.m. on 03/19/24
03/22 Signed by Governor on 03/21/24
Session Law Chapter 142
Effective: 07/01/2024