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Wisconsin lawmakers discuss adoption bills that terminate parental rights sooner

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are debating when birth parents in Wisconsin should give up custody of their children.

Several bills are being considered which would end parents' rights quicker, so children are able to get out of bad situations sooner.

A Republican state representative says one bill would allow for parental rights to be terminated if a baby is born addicted to drugs or alcohol or if a parent is in jail.

A number of agencies, including Wisconsin tribes, disability rights groups and state Democrats, all say these adoption bills are encouraging children to be taken away from their birth families.

"It has been our hope to improve the process remaining respectful of all parties, all while ensuring our kids have permanent, stable and loving homes," said Rep. Barbara Dittrich (R - Oconomowoc). 

"Removal of a child is not the first act, but the last resort in order to maintain a child's safety," added Jeff Pertl, of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

The state is opposed to seven out of eight of the adoption bills, saying they go against strengthening and supporting birth families. 

The bills will likely be amended to meet some of the concerns.

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