Who May Access Information Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 170:B-23; 170:B-24
Nonidentifying information is available to: • The adopted person who is age 18 or older. • The birth parents. • The adoptive parents.
Identifying information is available to: • The adopted person. • The birth parents. • Blood relatives.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 170:B-23; 170:B-24
The department or the licensed child-placing agency may share with the adoptive parents all information it has available about the minor child being placed for adoption. The department or the licensed child-placing agency shall delete any information that would tend to identify a birth parent. Requests for nonidentifying social or medical information may be made by an adopted person who is age 18 or older, a parent of an adopted person under the age of 18, or a birth parent. When any person listed above submits a request for nonidentifying social or medical information, the department or agency shall disclose such information relating to the adopted person, the birth parents, or the blood relatives. The department or the agency shall delete any information from the health history or background that would tend to be identifying. Court approval is not required for information disclosed under this paragraph.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Rev. Stat. § 170:B-24
If the parties mutually consent to the release of identifying information, it shall be released as provided in this paragraph. Only the following people may authorize the disclosure of identifying information about an adopted person, A birth parent, or a blood relative: •An adopted person who is age 18 or older. •The adoptive parents of an adopted person under age 18. •A birth parent at the time of surrender or later.
Any release may be revoked or amended at any time. The person signing the release or its revocation shall file a copy with the department or licensed child-placing agency. The department or licensed child-placing agency shall then file a copy of the release with the court that heard the adoption petition. Court approval is not required for release of identifying information when a release has been signed, and the person affirms his or her desire to be contacted. Court approval shall be required if the parties do not agree, they cannot be contacted, or if the department or agency questions the safety of releasing information.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Rev. Stat. § 170:B-23
The original birth certificate is subject to inspection only upon written order of the court for good cause shown.
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