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Mississippi Adoption Information Laws

By DD / February 11, 2016
Mississippi Adoption Information laws
Mississippi Adoption Information Laws

Mississippi Adoption Information

Mississippi Adoption Information Laws

Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code § 93-1 7-207

Nonidentifying information may be provided to:

  • The adopted person who is age 18 or older
  • The adoptive parent
  • The legal guardian or custodian of an adopted person
  • The offspring or birth sibling of an adopted person if the requester is age 18 or older

Identifying information is available to the adopted person who is age 21 or older.

Access to Nonidentifying Information

Citation: Ann. Code §§ 93-1 7-205; 93-1 7-207; 93-1 7-209

The bureau shall maintain a centralized adoption records file for all adoptions performed in this State after 7-1 -2005 that shall include the following information:

  • The medical and social history of the birth parents, including information regarding genetically inheritable diseases or illnesses and any similar information about the adopted person’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters
  • A report of any medical examination that either birth parent had within 1 year before the date of the petition for adoption, if available
  • A report describing the adopted person’s prenatal care and medical condition at birth, if available
  • The medical and social history of the adopted person, including information regarding genetically-inheritable diseases or illnesses, and any other relevant medical, social, and genetic information

Any birth parent may file with the bureau at any time any relevant supplemental nonidentifying information about the adopted person or the birth parents, and the bureau shall maintain this information in the centralized adoption records file.

Nonidentifying information shall be released for a reasonable fee to any qualified person listed above. If the information is not on file, the adopted person may request the bureau to locate the birth parent and obtain the information.

If an agency receives a report from a physician that a birth parent or another child of the birth parent may have a genetically transferable disease or illness, the agency shall notify the adopted person of the existence of the disease or illness if he or she is age 21 or older, or the adopted person’s guardian, custodian, or adoptive parent if he or

she is under age 21. If an agency receives a report from a physician that an adopted person may have a geneti­cally transferable disease or illness, the agency shall notify the adopted person’s birth parent of the existence of the disease or illness.

 

Mutual Access to Identifying Information

Citation: Ann. Code §§ 93-1 7-205; 93-17-215; 93-17-217; 93-17-219

The bureau shall maintain as part of the centralized adoption records file the following:

  • The name, date of birth, social security number (both original and revised, where applicable), and birth certifi­cate (both original and revised) of the adopted person
  • The names, current addresses, and social security numbers of the adopted person’s birth parents, guardian, and legal custodian
  • Any other available information about the birth parent’s identity and location

The birth parent may file with the bureau at any time an affidavit authorizing the bureau to provide the adopted person with his or her original birth certificate and with any other available information about the birth parent’s identity and location, or an affidavit expressly prohibiting the bureau from releasing any information about his or her identity and location, and prohibiting any licensed adoption agency from conducting a search for such birth parent. An affidavit filed under this section may be revoked at any time by written notification to the bureau.

An adopted person age 21 or older may request identifying information regarding either birth parent, unless that birth parent has executed an affidavit prohibiting the release of such information. The adopted person must submit to counseling in connection with any release.

If an affidavit is not on file, the adopted person may request the agency to undertake a search for the birth parent who has not filed an affidavit.

Access to Original Birth Certificate

Citation: Ann. Code §§ 93-17-21; 93-1 7-205

The original birth certificate shall not be a public record and shall not be divulged except upon the order of the court or pursuant to §§ 93-1 7-201 through 93-1 7-223.

The birth parent may file with the bureau at any time an affidavit authorizing the bureau to provide the adopted

person with his or her original birth certificate, or an affidavit expressly prohibiting the release of any information. The affidavit may be revoked at any time by written notification to the bureau.

Where the Information Can Be Located

  • The Bureau of Vital Records, Mississippi State Board of Health
  • Licensed adoption agency
About the author

DD

I found my birth family after 40 years of looking for them. I used DNA tests, software to sort DNA match results, family trees, contacting DNA matches and several website tools. We want to provide you a "one stop shop" with all your resources to help YOU find YOUR family.

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