In re JWB & RDB

Father, a Colorado resident, executed a consent to adoption to allow his children’s step-father to adopt the them. The consent complied with Pennsylvania’s Adoption Act. But it did not comply necessarily with Colorado’s corollary statute. Father later tried to revoke that consent and claimed that, under Section 2711(c) of the Adoption Act, he was entitled to do so because the consent was insufficient under Colorado law. The majority concluded that Section 2711(c) permitted the consent to be valid if it met either the Pennsylvania standard, or the standard in the state in which the parent resides and not as an either/or. In addition, the Supreme Court’s majority ruled that, under Section 2504(a), the father was entitled to a hearing to establish whether it was a valid consent. The Court concluded that it was, and father gave no reason to doubt it. Thus the consent was ruled valid.

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