Unregulated Custody Transfers of Adopted Children - Vermont

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Definitions

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Prohibited or Required Actions Regarding Custody

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 15A, §§ 2-101; 2-102

A parent who has legal and physical custody of the minor who may place a minor for adoption.

A parent or guardian authorized to place a minor for adoption may place the minor only with a prospective adoptive parent who has a valid favorable preplacement evaluation or for whom a preplacement evaluation is not required.

A parent or guardian shall personally select a prospective adoptive parent. A parent or guardian may be assisted by another person in locating a prospective adoptive parent or in transferring legal and physical custody to a prospective adoptive parent.

A prospective adoptive parent may be assisted by another person in locating a minor who is available for adoption. A prospective adoptive parent shall furnish a copy of the preplacement evaluation to the parent or guardian. The evaluation may be edited to exclude identifying information.

If, at the time of the minor's placement for adoption, the parent or guardian has not executed a consent to adoption, the parent or guardian will furnish to the prospective adoptive parent a signed statement that includes the following:

  • The transfer of custody is for the purpose of adoption.
  • The parent or guardian has been informed of the provisions of this title relevant to placement for adoption, consent, and termination of parental rights.
  • The prospective adoptive parent is authorized to provide support and medical care for a specific period of time.
  • The prospective adoptive parent shall acknowledge in writing responsibility for the minor's medical and other care and support and for returning the minor to the custody of the parent or guardian if the consent is not executed within the time specified.

Exceptions

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Consequences

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