Rhode Island Adoption Information Laws
The Rhode Island adoption information laws include who may access information, access to non-identifying information and who can access identifying information.
Who May Access Information
Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-2; 15-7.2-7
The following persons may use the passive voluntary adoption reunion registry:
- Birth parents and adult birth siblings
- The adult adopted person
- Surviving relatives of a deceased adopted person
- The parent or adult sibling of a deceased birth parent
- The adoptive parent of a deceased adopted person
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-1; 15-7.2-2
The passive voluntary adoption reunion registry shall provide for the transmission of nonidentifying health and social and genetic history of the adult adopted persons, birth parents, and other specified persons. Genetic and social history includes the following information that is available:
- Medical history
- Health status
- Cause of and age at death
- Height, weight, eye and hair color
- Ethnic origins
- Religion, if any
Health history includes, when obtainable, the child’s health status and medical history at the time of placement for adoption, including neonatal, psychological, developmental, physiological, and medical care history.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-2; 15-7.2-7; 15-7.2-9; 15-7.2-12
The persons listed above may use the registry to register their willingness to release of identifying information to each other by submitting a signed affidavit. The affidavit gives authority to the registry to release identifying information related to the registrant to the other relevant persons who register. Each registration shall be accompanied by the birth certificate of the registrant.
A registry shall release only information necessary for identifying a birth parent, adult adopted person, or adult birth sibling, and shall not release information of any kind pertaining to the adoptive parents, siblings who are children of the adoptive parents, and the income of anyone.
Any eligible registrant or any adoptive parent may file with the registry an objection to the release of identifying information. When an objection to the release of identifying information has been filed, the court shall hear the objection of the filing party prior to the release of identifying information to determine whether it is in the best interests of the parties to release identifying information.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Gen. Laws § 15-7.2-12
An uncertified copy of the original birth certificate can be obtained through the adoption registry to the adult adopted person when each birth parent named on the certificate has registered.
Where the Information Can Be Located
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Family Court, Juvenile Division