A FEW MORE STATES

DELAWARE:

WHO HAS ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION:

The adoptee and all other parties to the adoption.

ACCESS TO THE NON IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

The department or agency MAY release the information in its records to the parties of the adoption. (Keep in mind some states do not consider the adoptee a member of the party to the adoption).

MUTUAL ACCESS TO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

Only available via a court order or if all parties consent when its deemed by the agency to be in the best interest of the adoptee. The only portion in case of a medical emergency that an adoptee can see is the medical portion relating to the illness.

During the adoption planning process, much of this information is exchanged. The adoptee can ask the adoption agency to assist them in locating the birthfamily. If the birthparent refuses no contact, the information is not released. If no declaration is made, the agency MAY release the birth parent or siblings current name, address, and telephone number to the adoptee.

ACCESS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

The adoptee who is 21 and over may request a copy of the original birth certificate unless the birth parent has filed an affidavit denying release of identifying information.

WHERE THE INFORMATION IS LOCATED:

Delaware Adoption Registry
The agency involved in the adoption.

District of Columbia:

WHO MAY ACCESS THE INFORMATION:

This is not acknowledged in the laws reviewed

ACCESS TO NON IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

Again this is not acknowledged in the statues and laws reviewed.

MUTUAL ACCESS TO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

No one is allowed access except under a court order.

ACCESS TO THE ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE;

The original birth certificate is a sealed record that can’t be open up without of a court order.

WHERE THE INFORMATION IS LOCATED:

The adoption agency and the Child and Family Services Agency

Florida:

WHO MAY HAVE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION:

The adoptee, the birthparents, the adoptive parents, birth siblings, and birth grandparents.

ACCESS TO THE NON IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

This is supposed to be given to the adoptive parents before the adoption becomes final. It will also be given to the adoptee upon his/her majority.

MUTUAL ACCESS TO INDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

Both parties must authorize the release of information before it can be released. There is also a mutual passive registry. No one is required to sign up on the registry.

ACCESS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

Only by court order.

WHERE THE INFORMATION IS LOCATED:

Florida adoption reunion registry.

Georgia:

WHO MAY ACCESS INFORMATION:

The adoptee, the birthparents, adult birth siblings, the children of the adopted person and the adoptive parents.

ACCESS TO NON IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

It must be done by written request via the adoptee or the adoptive parents. In this situation adoptee must be 18 or older to request information.

MUTUAL ACCESS TO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION:

In this situation the adoptee must be 21 or older. The information can be released to the adoptee if the birth parent has submitted an unrevoked written consent. If there is none, the department shall within six months make a diligent effort to notify each birth parent, by personal and confidential contact, that a request for information has been made. The birthparent may then file a affidavit consenting or objecting to disclosure.

There is also an adoption registry within the state.

ACCESS TO THE ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

Only available by court order.

WHERE THE INFORMATION IS LOCATED:

Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry.

More states later. Again it never ceases to amaze me how these state governments so own us. They must govern our every movement with our adoption records.

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