Should Counseling Be Mandatory To Place?

September 26th, 2007

A question was recently posed on the forums: Should expectant parents be required by law to have counseling before and or after they relinquish their rights? The results of the poll currently stand at 9 yeses, 5 nos and one other. The discussion that followed provided some interesting commentary on the ins and outs as to why requiring it, by law, may or may not help expectant parents or the system of adoption as a whole. I, personally, said yes but acknowledged the problems that you can run into when requiring such a thing by law. Your less than ethical agencies will simply want to provide counseling from "in house" to help them save money. I am of the firm belief that counseling needs to… [more]