Nixon signs adoption records law

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation designed to make it easier for adopted adults to get information about biological parents who died without agreeing to be identified.

Nixon signed the measure Tuesday. It takes effect Aug. 28.

The new law provides adopted adults access to information about a deceased biological parent if the other biological parent consents, is unknown, has died or cannot be notified.

Under existing law, information about a deceased biological parent who didn't consent to its release can be obtained only if a judge determines it's necessary for health reasons.

The new law also allows the release of information about biological parents to the descendants of someone who was adopted and has died.

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