Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. § 9:3-41.1
The adoptive parent may have access to nonidentifying information.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Ann. Stat. § 9:3-41.1
Prior to placement, the adoptive parent will be provided with all available information relevant to the child’s development, including: • The child’s developmental and medical history. • The child’s personality and temperament. • The birth parent’s complete medical histories, including conditions or diseases that are believed to be hereditary. • Any drugs or medications taken during pregnancy. • Any other conditions of the birth parent’s health that may be a factor influencing the child’s present or future health Information that would identify or permit the identification of the birth parents of the child shall be excluded.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Ann. Stat. § 9:3-52
All records of proceedings related to the adoption shall be filed under seal by the clerk of the court and shall at no time be open to inspection or copying unless the court, upon good cause shown, shall otherwise order.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Ann. Stat. § 26:8-40.1
The original birth certificate is available only upon order of the court.
Where the Information Can Be Located For public agency adoptions only:
N.J. SENATE PASSES BILL GIVING ADOPTEES ACCESS TO BIRTH CERTIFICATES
The New Jersey Senate passed a bill on Mar. 3 allowing adoptees 18 or older (and adoptive parents of minors) to obtain their original birth certificates (S611). The legislation also would permit birthparents to submit non-disclosure and/or contact preference forms. Both requests would require birthparents to provide family history information. For safe haven surrender cases, the state would deem that the birthparent has requested nondisclosure. The bill also requires agencies and attorneys to release family history information in adoption files upon request, and allows people adopted through the child welfare system to request a summary of circumstances surrounding termination of parents rights. The bill is currently being considered by the Assemblys Human Services Committee. To read the bill and learn its status, go to: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ and search for S611 in the bill number field. To read the Adoption Institutes report on this issue, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/research/ To read the Institutes report on safe haven infant abandonment, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/whowe/
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