House Bill #5485 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- ADOPTION OF CHILDREN

Establishes a voluntary mutual consent sibling adoption registry where adult adopted children and adult siblings can identify each other.

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  • 2019 – H 5485
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  • LC001459
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
  • Introduced By: Representatives Fellela, Ucci, Costantino, and Messier
  • Date Introduced: February 14, 2019
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 15-7 of the General Laws entitled "Adoption of Children" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 15-7-27. Mutual consent voluntary sibling adoption registry.
  • (a) In addition to other procedures by which birth certificates may be inspected under this chapter, the division of vital records shall establish a mutual consent voluntary sibling adoption registry through which adult adopted children and adult siblings may register to obtain identifying birth information. For the purposes of this section, adult adopted child shall be defined as an adult adoptee twenty-five (25) years of age or older in accordance with § 23-3-1, and an adult adopted sibling shall be any person eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • (b) Provided that all of the following conditions are met, the director of the division of vital records shall reveal the identity of the adult adopted child to an adult sibling and shall notify the parties involved that the requests have been matched, and disclose the identifying information to those parties if:
  • (1) An adult adopted child has filed a request and provided consent to the revelation of the adult adopted child's identity to an adult sibling.
  • (2) The adult sibling has filed a request and provided consent to the revelation of the identity of the adult sibling to the adult adopted child.
  • (3) The division of vital records has been provided with sufficient information to make the requested match.
  • (c) A person who has filed a request or provided consent under this section may withdraw the consent at any time prior to the release of any information by filing a written withdrawal of consent statement with the division of vital records. The adult adoptee or adult sibling shall notify the division of vital records of any change in the information contained in a filed request or consent.
  • (d) The division of vital records is hereby empowered and directed to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement this section including, but not limited to, a fee for administering services pursuant to this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC001459 ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
  • 2019 – H 5485 SUBSTITUTE A ======== LC001459/SUB A/3 ========
  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
  • Introduced By: Representatives Fellela, Ucci, Costantino, and Messier
  • Date Introduced: February 14, 2019
  • Referred To: House Judiciary It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 15-7.2 of the General Laws entitled "Passive Voluntary Adoption Mutual Consent Registry Act"is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 15-7.2-16. Public information.
  • The Rhode Island department of health shall provide the public with information regarding the registry, including a link to the information posted by the court, on its website and in the division of vital records defined in chapter 3 of title 23.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC001459/SUB A/3 ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
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  • This act would establish a voluntary mutual consent sibling adoption registry where adult adopted children and adult siblings can identify each other.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001459 ========
  • This act would direct the department of health to provide information regarding the passive voluntary adoption reunion registry on the department of health's website and in the division of vital records.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001459/SUB A/3 ========
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