Who May Access Information Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-9-103; 48-9-109
Nonidentifying information is available to: • The adoptive parent. • The adult adopted person. • A minor adopted person who is a parent or an expectant parent.
The exchange of identifying information may be consented to by: • The birth parent. • A guardian placing the child. • The adoptive parents.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-9-103; 48-3-205
Any person listed above may request a copy of any document prepared pursuant to § 48-3-205 and any additional nonidentifying health-related information about the adopted person’s original family. The information that is provided at the time of the adoptive placement includes: • The date of the child’s birth and any other reasonably available nonidentifying information. • The age of the birth parents at the time of the child’s birth. • The heritage of the birth parents including nationality, ethnic background, and race. • Education completed by the birth parents at the time of the child’s birth. • The general physical appearance of the birth parents. • All reasonably available nonidentifying information about the health and genetic history of the child, the birth parents, and other members of the birth parents’ families Nonidentifying information about the adopted person’s present circumstances may be disclosed to a birth parent, an adult sibling, or the guardian of a minor sibling.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-9-109
In agency placements, a parent or guardian placing a child for adoption and the adopting parents may authorize an agency to release information to each other that could reasonably be expected to lead directly to the identity of an adopted person, an adoptive parent, or a birth parent. The consent to the release of identifying information shall be in writing and signed prior to the adoption by any placing parent or guardian and the adopting parents and acknowledged under oath. Any consent to release identifying information shall be filed with the adoption petition.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-9-106
The original birth certificate is available upon order of the court, as authorized by § 48-9-105.
North Carolina changes the county of birth to the county where your adopted parents lived at the time of your adoption. So your amended birth cert. only states your county of birth as the county that your adopted Parents lived in at the time of your adoption. By law now, NC has to tell you what your original county of birth was. apply to the agency that handled your adoption, or to the court that handled your adoption, to get all of your non ID information and don't forget to ask them to give you, your original county of birth. also, you can go to your original county of birth and search the birth index of that county. after you do these things, come back to this website and update your information, and we will try to help you more.
In regard to the new law: GOV. EASLEY SIGNS BILL TO GIVE ADOPTEES EASIER ACCESS TO BIRTH INFORMATION
Raleigh - Gov. Mike Easley today announced he has signed into law House Bill 445, “An act to authorize child placement agencies to act as confidential intermediaries between adult adoptees, an adult lineal descendant of a deceased adoptee, and a biological parent.” This new law allows easier access to adoption information by adult adoptees or their adult descendants without a required court hearing.
“Many adoptees want to know where they came from and more about their family lineage,” Easley said. “These changes in the law will make access to that information, by those who need to have it, easier. Obtaining this information, such as medical histories, could have life-saving implications.”
Currently, adult adoptees and their birth parents are required to petition a judge, even if both parties consent to access to birth records and other adoption information. Provisions in the new law allow a child placement agency licensed by the state Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services, or a county social services department, to contact the birth parents of an adult adoptee and obtain contact preferences and medical information. Adoptees, who must be at least 21, or their adult descendants, will receive the information upon request for a copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate.
“I am pleased that adult adoptees and their birth parents will now be able to exchange information and, if they choose, contact each other without the courts playing a role,” said state Rep. Margaret Dickson (D-Cumberland), the bill’s primary sponsor.
Other co-sponsors were: Rep. Jim Crawford (D-Granville, Vance), Rep. Winkie Wilkins (D-Durham, Person) and Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Edgecombe, Wilson). The bill was carried in the Senate by Sen. Janet Cowell (D-Wake).
This act becomes effective January 1, 2008 and covers all requests received following that date. The legislation passed the House on a 115-0 vote, and passed the Senate 49-0.
In his budget, Easley has proposed a tax credit to help families afford the costs of adopting a child. The state tax credit, worth $5,150 annually, can be taken on expenses related to adopting a child.
It means you can ask the agency to find your birth parents and ask them if they want contact. Each county has its own pricing
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