Who May Access Information Citation: Rev. Stat. Tit. 22, § 2706-A; Tit. 18-A, § 9-310
The following persons may participate in the adoption registry: • The adopted person who is age 18 or older. • An adoptive parent or legal guardian if the adopted person is under age 18 or deceased. • A birth parent. • A birth sibling or half-sibling who is age 18 or older.
If a birth parent is deceased, a birth mother, legal father, grandparent, sibling, half-sibling, aunt, uncle, or first cousin of the deceased birth parent.
Medical or genetic information shall be made available to: • The adopted child upon reaching the age 18. • The adopted child’s descendants. • The adoptive parents or the child’s legal guardian on petition of the court.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Rev. Stat. Tit. 18-A, § 9-310; Tit. 22, § 8205
The licensed child-placing agency shall obtain medical and genetic information on the birth parents and the child, that shall include: • A current medical, psychological, and developmental history of the child, including an account of the child’s prenatal care, medical condition at birth, results of newborn screening, any drug or medication taken by the child’s birth mother during pregnancy. • Any subsequent medical, psychological, or psychiatric examination. • Any physical, sexual, or emotional abuse suffered by the child. • A record of any immunizations and health care received since birth. • Relevant information concerning the medical, psychological, and social history of the birth parents. Prior to the child being placed for adoption, the licensed child-placing agency shall provide the information described above to the adoptive parents. Any medical or genetic information in the court records relating to an adoption must be made available to the adopted child upon reaching the age 18 and to the adopted child’s descendants, adoptive parents, or legal guardian on petition of the court.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Rev. Stat. Tit. 22, § 2706-A; 2766
The State registrar shall maintain a file of the names and addresses of adopted persons and their adoptive and birth parents who have registered with the registry. At the time of registration, each registrant shall indicate with which persons contact is desired. A registrant may withdraw from the adoption registry at any time by submitting a written request to the State registrar. The State registrar shall require each person registering or requesting contact to provide certification of his or her identity and relationship to the person with whom contact is desired and any additional information that is necessary to ensure accurate identification of the registrant and assist in identifying the other party. When the State registrar has requests for contact from a person specified above and another person that are related to the same adoption and both persons indicated that contact with the other person was desired, the State registrar shall notify each party of the name and address of the other party and of sources of counseling. A person age 18 or older, born and adopted in this State, may apply to the State registrar for a statement identifying his or her birth parents. The adopted person shall submit to the State registrar proof that the birth parents are deceased, an affidavit from a blood relative who is not a sibling and who is at least 10 years older than the adopted person, verifying that the adopted person lived with the birth parents for 5 years, and an order from the court authorizing the State registrar to open the original birth certificate to verify the identity of the birth parents. Upon verification of the information, the State registrar shall prepare a form identifying the birth parents of the adopted person. This form must be attached to the new birth certificate and an abstract of birth issued by the Office of Health Data and Program Management, and must be provided to the adopted person.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Rev. Stat. Tit. 22, § 2765
The original birth certificate is available only upon court order.
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