Who May Access Information Citation: Ch. Code Art. 1126; 1270
The voluntary adoption registry may be used by: • The adopted person who is age 18 or older. • The birth parents. • The birth siblings who are age 18 or older.
Nonidentifying information shall be provided to: • The adoptive parents. • The adopted person who is age 18 or older. • The birth parents.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Ch. Code Art. 1126; 1127; 1127.1
The agency or person to whom surrender is made shall have the duty to make a good faith effort to obtain a statement of family history, containing nonidentifying medical and genetic information. The statement is to be delivered to the adopting parents at the time of placement. The information shall be disclosed upon request to the adopted person at the age of 18, if the information was not previously disclosed. Any child surrendered to an agency or a surrendering birth parent may, upon written request to an agency, obtain nonidentifying medical or genetic information from the agency without the necessity of filing a petition for disclosure from the agency. After adoptive placement of the child, the agency or person to whom a surrender is made shall have a continuing duty to maintain these records and supplement them if additional nonidentifying medical or genetic information is received about the adopted child or a birth parent.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Ch. Code Art. 1270
The department shall maintain a voluntary registry for the matching of adopted persons and birth parents or siblings, or both. The purpose of this registry shall be to facilitate voluntary contact between the adopted person and the birth parents or siblings, or both. The use of the registry shall be limited to the adopted person who is at least 18 years of age, the birth mother, the birth father, and any birth sibling who is at least 18 years of age. No registration by an adopted person shall be permitted until all birth siblings who were adopted by the same adoptive parents have reached age 18. The registry shall not release any information from adoption records in violation of the privacy or confidentiality rights of a birth parent who has not authorized the release of any information.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Rev. Stat. § 40:73
The original birth certificate is available: • Upon court order to the adopted person, or if deceased, the adopted person’s descendants, or the adoptive parent. • To the agency that was a party to the adoption upon court order after a showing of compelling reasons.
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