Administration of the Law

The law establishes procedures for adoption searches and places responsibility for administration of the law with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The law requires circuit courts to report medical and genetic information on both birth parents and relatives to DCF at the time parental rights are terminated in Wisconsin.

The law requires Department of Health Services (DHS) to establish a permanent centralized birth record file on all adoptions completed within this State.

The law allows adoptive parents to request non-identifying medical and genetic and social history information from existing records or to request updated medical or genetic information on birth parents.

The law allows persons to petition a circuit court for an order requiring release of information not available under provisions of the search program.


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