State Adoption Laws

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The full text of state laws regarding:

  • Access to Adoption Records
  • Who Must Consent to an Adoption and When
  • Parties to an Adoption (Who May Adopt, Who May Place, Who May be Adopted)
  • Putative Fathers (Registries, Paternity)
  • Regulation of Adoption Expenses
  • Infant Safe Haven Laws
  • Use of Advertising & Facilitators
  • Source of State Statutes

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Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation. - 4 months ago
Savvy article . Incidentally if people need a NY DOH-4455 , my wife filled a fillable version here #1
Bella - 7 months ago
How can I go about finding my sister, she was adopted in Mexico and brought to the US Los Angeles, she was born 1950? #2
JoAnn - 3 years ago
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I am searching for my Grandson who was put up for adoption and was adopted by his foster parents. His name was and may still be Josiah Alan Spence,he was born on January 25,2008.I fought to get Josiah for 2 yrs but it was a losing battle since neither Michigan nor Kansas where I live were willing to accept responsibility of which state was in charge of my Homestudy,which made my Homestudy quite painful. I hope no one else has to go through what I went through only to lose my Grandson to strangers. I hope and pray I find him and I can make sure he was well taken care of and loved because I know with me he would have been wanted,loved and known where he came from and that we fought for him.We didn't want him to go anywhere but with us his Real Family who has loved him and still do with everything we have. #3
John - 3 years ago
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HELP FOR MY HUSBAND ....John West in search of his birth mother CINDY. I've known I was adopted ever since I was old enough to understand what adopted was. born in Payson Arizona . According to my birth certificate at 11:23pm on Jan.12, 1971, weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and 21 inches long. D.B. Gilbert was the attendant physician and Dr. Mundall and his practice was in Sedna AZ. I grew up with the knowledge that my birth mother Name Cindy was 15 years old and my birth father was 18 Due to their young age, they could not raise a child. The adoption conducted in Georgia. My adopted mother brought me home Jan. 20 1971. They knew about me in Dec. 1970 a friend of the pastor was a Dr. in Arizona. Final adoption was Sept. 1972, No agency. I grew up in Denver CO and Worland Wyo. I'm the only son of Doris and Willard West. My adopted mother diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at an early age, tried three times before the adoption to bear a child. My parents are Seventh Day Adventists and attrib #4
Guest - 1 year ago
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Know all yours laws while having anything. Because as a citizen, it is important. #5

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