Preserving Family Bonds
The Preserving Family Bonds Act is a bill written by and for young people, parents, and families who have been separated from each other and whose familial bonds have not been protected by current laws in New York State.
Most children in the foster system were not separated from their parents because of abuse, but because
If a child is in the foster system for 15 of the previous 22 months, the system will move to terminate a parent’s rights. Termination of Parental Rights allows for children to be adopted with the consent of their parents and can make it impossible for children to stay in contact with their parents.
Under current law, once parental rights are terminated, a judge cannot order contact between a child and their biological parent - even if this is in the child's best interests.
With knowledge that if they lose, the state will terminate their parental rights. This would allow their child to be adopted without their consent and make it nearly impossible for them to see their child.
In doing so, parents allow their child to be adopted in exchange for the opportunity to negotiate court-ordered visits with their child. .
Many parents with excellent legal arguments against the termination of their rights will voluntarily give up their rights because the only alternative is to risk the permanent loss of a relationship with their child.