South Carolina Adoption Information Laws
If you were adopted in South Carolina, these South Carolina adoption information laws will be important for you to know for your search to find your birth family.
Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Code § 20-7-1780
Information may be accessed by the following persons:
- The adoptive parents
- The adopted person who is age 21 or older
- The birth parents and siblings
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Ann. Code § 20-7-1780
The adoption agency may furnish to the persons listed above nonidentifying information at the time of placement or at a subsequent time. Nonidentifying information includes but is not limited to the following:
- The health and medical histories of the birth parents
- The health and medical history of the adopted person
- The adopted person’s general family background without name references or geographical designations
- The length of time the adopted person has been in the care and custody of the adoptive parent
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Ann. Code § 20-7-1780
The public adoption agencies responsible for the placement shall furnish to an adopted person the identity of the adopted person’s birth parents and siblings, and to the birth parents and siblings the identity of the adopted person under the following conditions:
- The adopted person must be age 21 or older, and the applicants shall apply in writing to the adoption agency for the information.
- The adoption agency must have a current file containing affidavits from the adopted person and the birth parents and siblings that they are willing to have their identities revealed to each other.
- The adoption agency shall establish and maintain a confidential register containing the names and addresses of the adopted persons and birth parents and siblings who have filed affidavits.
The adopted person and the birth parents and siblings shall undergo counseling by the adoption agency concerning the effects of the disclosure. The adoption agency may charge a fee for the services, but services must not be denied because of inability to pay.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Ann. Code § 44-63-140
- The original birth certificate is placed in a special sealed file by the State registrar.
- The statute does not specify a procedure for access to the original certificate.
Where the Information Can Be Located
Adoption Reunion Registry, South Carolina Department of Social Services
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