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Providing Adoptive Parents With Information About Adoptees and Their Birth Families
Summarizes State laws regarding the types of information that adoptive parents are provided about the background of the child they are hoping to adopt. The information generally relates to medical and genetic history, family and social background, and mental health history of the child and the child's birth family. For the adopted child or youth, it may also include placement history and any history of abuse or neglect. Exceptions for stepparent and relative adoptions also are discussed.
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Providing adoptive parents with information about adoptees and their birth families. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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