Adoption Records and Postadoption Contact Agreements: State Statutes

Ebony Bartlett (Editor)

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: FAM004000



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In nearly all States, adoption records are sealed and withheld from public inspection after an adoption is finalized. This book discusses state laws that provide for access to both nonidentifying and identifying information from an adoption record by adoptive parents and adult adopted persons, while still protecting the interests of all parties. Furthermore, the book discusses postadoption contact agreements, which are are arrangements that allow contact between a child’s adoptive family and members of the child’s birth family or other persons with whom the child has an established relationship, such as a foster parent, after the child’s adoption has been finalized. These arrangements, sometimes referred to as cooperative adoption or open adoption agreements, can range from informal, mutual understandings between the birth and adoptive families to written, formal contracts. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Access to Adoption Records
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Chapter 2. Postadoption Contact Agreements Between Birth and Adoptive Families
Child Welfare Information Gateway


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