Access to Adoption Records - Nevada

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Who May Access Information

Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 127.007; 127.152

Information from the State register is available to the following:

  • The adoptee who is age 18 or older
  • The birth parents
  • Persons related within the third degree to the adoptee

Medical and sociological information shall be provided to the adoptive parents.

Access to Nonidentifying Information

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.152

The agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency shall provide the adopting parents with a report that includes the following:

  • A copy of any of the child's medical records that are in the possession of the agency
  • Any information about the medical and sociological history of the child and the birth parents and any behavioral, emotional, or psychological problems that the child may have
  • Information regarding any subsidies, assistance, and other services that may be available to the child if it is determined that he or she has any special needs

The report must exclude any information that would lead to the identification of the birth parent.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.007

The division shall maintain the State register for adoptions to provide information to identify adults who were adopted and persons related to them within the third degree of consanguinity. The State register for adoptions consists of the following:

  • Names and other information relating to persons who have released a child for adoption and who have submitted the information voluntarily to the division
  • Names and other necessary information of persons who are 18 years of age or older who were adopted and who have submitted the information voluntarily to the division
  • Names and other necessary information of persons who are related within the third degree of consanguinity to adoptees and who have submitted the information voluntarily to the division

Any person whose name appears in the register may withdraw it by requesting in writing that it be withdrawn. The division shall immediately withdraw a name upon receiving the request and may not thereafter release any information to identify that person, including the information that such a name was ever in the register.

The division may release information about a person related within the third degree of consanguinity to an adoptee, or about an adoptee to a person related within the third degree of consanguinity, if the names and information about both persons are contained in the register and if written consent for the release of such information is given by the birth parent.

Access to Original Birth Certificate

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 440.310

The original birth certificate is available only upon order of the court.

Where the Information Can Be Located

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