Adoption records may be accessed by:
Upon written application from the adult adoptee, or the adoptive parent, guardian, or custodian on behalf of a minor adoptee, the Department of Health shall furnish the applicant with a copy of the completed forms. The department is authorized to disclose the information without prior court approval.
Information concerning the ethnic background and necessary medical information may be released regardless of the presence of a confidentiality affidavit.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-15
An adoptee who is age 18 or older may submit a written request to the family court for inspection of adoption records. Such records will be released unless the birth parents have filed a confidentiality affidavit. Such affidavits may be renewed every 10 years.
The adoptee may submit an affidavit person consenting to the inspection of records by the birth parents.
Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 578-14; 578-15; 338-20
If a new birth certificate is issued, the original birth certificate shall be sealed. The sealed document may be opened by the department only by an order of a court or when requested in accordance with § 578-15.
The birth parent may be provided a copy of the original birth certificate upon request.
Where the Information Can Be Located
Family Court Central Registry
Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)
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