(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Search and Consent Procedures: Procedures that are sanctioned under State law, that authorize a public or private agency to assist a searching party to locate another party to an adoption, in order to determine if the party being sought would be agreeable to the release of identifying information... [more
Access to Adoption Records
State laws differ in how they handle access to information in sealed adoption records. This document explains and summarizes the types of information made available under State law. Those wishing to access records are encouraged to investigate the laws in the State where the adoption was finalized....
Helpful Adoption Terms to Know
Helpful Adoption Terms to Know (1/00) Abandonment Desertion of a child by a parent or adult primary care giver with no provisions for continued childcare nor with any apparent intention to return to resume caregiving. Abuse and Neglect Physical, sexual and/or emotional maltreatment. Child...