How the Law Affects a Birth Parent

Each birth parent(s) may file an affidavit with the Department of Children and Families, consenting to the release of his/her identity and location and the impounded birth certificate to the adoptee when he/she reaches age 18. The affidavit must be notarized and may be filed at the time parental rights are terminated, or any time afterwards.

A birth parent may be contacted by the Adoption Search Program to request an affidavit of consent to release their identity or provide family health history to their birth child or birth child's offspring. Birth parents have the right to revoke the affidavit (withdraw their approval) at any time.

Birth parents are required to provide medical/genetic information to the court at the time parental rights are terminated. Updated medical/genetic information may be filed with the Department of Children and Families at any time thereafter. Upon written notification from a licensed medical provider that an adoptee has developed a genetically transferable disease or condition, an effort will be made to notify birth parents.

There is no statutory provision for birth parents to request searches for their birth children by the search program, except to provide medical or genetic information. A birth parent may request the Adoption Search Program to search for their birth child to provide important medical/genetic information. A written statement from a licensed medical provider must accompany each request.


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