LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A state lawmaker wants to reform the way adoptions are handled in Arkansas. 

Representative Clint Penzo filed a bill in the house which would bring more transparency to the adoption process and outline conduct in adoptions that could be seen as unethical and abusive. 

Attorney Josh Bryant has been working directly with Penzo on the bill and says through current loopholes, birth mothers can receive thousands of dollars and other benefits in exchange for their newborn. 

“We’re in a situation where the law doesn’t describe this conduct as human trafficking. There’s nothing in the law that says you can’t do some of these things we are seeing that unethical,” says Josh Bryant.

The bill would increase requirements on private attorneys who arrange adoptions but it would not affect adoptions between family members.