Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law simplifying the adoption process for LGBTQ families Tuesday.
The law would allow LGBTQ couples who are married or part of a civil union in which one of the members was not a biological parent to seek a judgement of adoption from the courts instead of following a lengthy process to obtain a confirmatory adoption decree.
The previous system required prospective parents to undergo a background check and attend court hearings.
“It is critical that New Jersey promotes strong family structures with LGBTQ-inclusive policies, and with Governor Murphy’s signature on this landmark legislation, parents can fully focus on building, protecting, and providing for their families,” said Alisha De Lorenzo, interim deputy director for Garden State Equality. “The confirmatory adoption process for LGBTQ parents is rife with legal red tape, high costs, and significant barriers, and I can say from personal experience that this law will truly change the lives of our families for the better.”