Adoption Leave moves forward!

Success! S-2249 was approved 8-6 today by the Budget and Appropriations Committee and will now be sent to the full Senate for consideration!

New Jersey is on its way — at least closer than ever before — to securing paid family leave for all, and being the second state in the nation to stand by its families.

Here’s an article from the state’s largest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, discussing today’s movement on the bill. It seems the 12-week leave period was shortened to 10, and I’m working on finding out what other tweaking was done to the bill.

My sincere thanks to all who clicked through and e-mailed the committee leaders — I actually wrote to every last member of the committee and heard back personally from one of them.

Be assured, I will keep you posted and seek your assistance again in getting our voices heard on this before it’s voted on by the full Senate. (Just finding my blog now? Check out the “Adoption Leave” tab at the top for the sequence of essays that not only discuss the subject, but track legislation here in New Jersey.) 

The seeds are planted and there’s new growth peeking through the soil here in the Garden State. Paid family leave legislation not only survives, it moves forward.

May blooms be on the horizon. For New Jersey. For the 48 others that will need to follow.



Filed under Adoption, Adoption leave, Children, Family, Family Leave, Legislation, Making a difference, Paid Adoption Leave, Parenting

3 responses to “Adoption Leave moves forward!

  1. Lindsay

    Keep up the good work!

  2. This is great to hear! As a birthmother, and author of “Because I Loved You: A Birthmother’s View Of Open Adoption,” I can tell you that having the time for adoptive parents and their child to bond and spend time together in the beginning is VERY important to birthmothers! Anything that helps strengthen the family we are hoping our child will be a part of is something worth supporting.

  3. Gillian Green

    Thanks for sharing your personal adoption story. Did you keep your wedding gown and a slice of the cake? Would like to hear more details about your & Tom’s courtship when you have some free time.

    Are you going to the CHATS meeting on June 25th? Is Maeve in daycare now? Does she like going?

    In case I forget, please wish Tom a very happy Father’s Day!

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