Identifying information may be released to:
The Commissioner of Social Services shall designate the person or agency that made the investigation to attempt to locate and advise the person whose information is sought of the application. The designated person or agency shall report the results of the attempt to locate and advise the adoptee to the commissioner, including the effects that disclosure of the identifying information may have on the adoptee, the adoptive parents, and the birth family. The adoptee and the birth family may submit to the commissioner, and the commissioner shall consider, written comments stating the effect that the disclosure of identifying information may have upon any party. Upon a showing of good cause, the commissioner shall disclose the identifying information. When consent of the person being sought is not obtainable due to death or mental incapacity, the circuit court may release identifying information to the person making the request. In making this decision, the circuit court shall consider the needs and concerns of all persons involved.
In parental placement adoptions, where the consent to the adoption was executed on or after 7-1-1994, the entire adoption record shall be open to the adoptive parents, the adoptee who is age 18 or older, and the birth parent who executed a written consent.
Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Ann. Code § 32.1-261
The original birth certificate is available only upon order of the court.
Where the Information Can Be Located
Virginia Department of Social Services, Permanency Unit
Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)
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