Providing Adoptive Parents With Information About Adoptees and Their Birth Families - Hawaii

Date: August 2020

Agency or Person Preparing the Report

Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 578-8; 578-14.5

The Department of Human Services shall complete the court-ordered investigation and report. The Department of Health shall prepare a medical history form on the birth family.

Contents of Report About the Adopted Person

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-8

The investigation shall determine whether the following are true:

  • The child is physically, mentally, and otherwise suitable for adoption by the petitioners.
  • The adoption is in the best interests of the child.

Contents of Report About the Birth Family

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-14.5

The medical information form shall provide medical information about the birth parents of the adopted person. This form shall include a request for any information relating to the adopted person's potential genetic or other inheritable diseases or afflictions, including but not limited to known genetic disorders, inheritable diseases, and similar medical histories, if known, of the parents of the birth parents.

When the Report Is Made

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-14.5

The report of the investigation shall be presented to the court before a decree of adoption can be entered.

Exceptions for Stepparent or Relative Adoptions

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.