Who May Access Information Citation: Fam. Law §§ 5-4C-05; 5-356; 5-357
Only the following persons may register with the adoption registry for exchange of identifying information: • Birth parents and siblings. • An adopted person, age 21 or older, who does not have a birth sibling under the age of 21 with the same adoptive parents.
Nonidentifying and medical information shall be available to: • The adoptive parents. • The adopted person. • The birth parents.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Fam. Law §§ 5-329; 5-356; 5-357; 5-358
A local department shall make reasonable efforts to compile and make available to a prospective adoptive parent a comprehensive medical and mental health history of the prospective adoptive child. On request of an adoptive parent, a local department shall make reasonable efforts to compile a pertinent medical and mental health history of each of the adoptive child’s birth parents, if available to the local department, and to make the history available to the adoptive parent. A medical or mental health history may not contain identifying information about a parent or former parent. On request of an adopted person, adoptive parent, or birth parent, a local department shall provide information in its adoption record on the adopted person. The records that are accessed may not contain any identifying information. If, after a hearing on a petition of an adopted person or birth parent, a court is satisfied that the adopted person, a blood relative of the adopted person, or a birth parent urgently needs medical information not in department and court records, the court may appoint an intermediary to try to contact the adopted person or a birth parent for the information.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Fam. Law §§ 5-4C-06; 5-4C-07
To register with the Registry, an individual shall submit a notarized affidavit containing identifying information, including the individual’s current name, any previous name by which the individual was known, address, and telephone number. A registrant may withdraw at any time by submitting an affidavit. On receipt of an affidavit, the administration shall:
• Attempt to match registrants or to provide matching information. • If a match is made, direct the child-placing agency or the local department to notify the registrants through a confidential contact.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Fam. Law §§ 5-359; 5-3A-42; 5-3B-29
For adoptions finalized on or after 1-1-2000: An adopted person who is at least 21 years old may apply to the Secretary for a copy of his or her original birth certificate. If an adopted person is at least 21 years old, a birth parent may apply to the Secretary for a copy of the adopted person‘s original birth certificate. A birth parent may file with the Director a disclosure veto to bar disclosure of information about that parent in an accessible record. The birth parent may also cancel a disclosure veto and refile a disclosure veto at any time. An adult adopted person may file a disclosure veto to bar disclosure of information about him or her in an accessible record. The adopted person may also cancel a disclosure veto and refile a disclosure veto at any time. Except as provided below, the Secretary shall give to each applicant who meets the requirements of this section a copy of each record that the applicant requested and that the Secretary has on file.
Whenever a birth parent applies for a record, the Secretary shall redact from the copy all information as to: • The other birth parent if that parent has filed a disclosure veto. • The adopted person and each adoptive parent if the adopted person has filed a disclosure veto Whenever an adopted person applies for a record, the Secretary shall redact from the copy all information as to the birth parent if that parent has filed a disclosure veto.
Where the Information Can Be Located:
Maryland Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry, Social Services Administration
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