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Access to Adoption Records
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2012|
Current Through June 2012
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Discusses laws that provide for access to both nonidentifying and identifying information from an adoption record by adoptive parents and adult adopted persons. Generally, the person whose information will be disclosed must consent to the disclosure. The document addresses methods of providing consent and access to the original birth certificate by the adult adopted person. It also includes summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Restrictions on Release of Nonidentifying Information
Mutual Consent Registries
Other Methods of Obtaining Consent
Original Birth Certificate
What Information Can Be Located
Summaries of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Access to adoption records. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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