NH Law About... Adoption

Introduction to... Adoption

Updated March 16, 2017.

As you can see from the lengthy list of resources below, researching adoption law can be complex. To help it all make sense,  start with Family Law by Charles G. Douglas. Chapter 9 covers types of adoptions, the background and history of RSA 170-B (the adoption statute), who may adopt, who may be adopted, consent, surrender and notice requirements, the biological mother's and father's rights, the judicial process, birth records, the effect of adoption on inheritance, right to support and visitation, and more. 

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive. It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. NH Law About ... is not a substitute for the services of an attorney. 


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WEBSITES

Circuit Court. Probate Division - Adoptions

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Offers guidance on adoptions, answers questions, and links to helpful forms.   GO>

Circuit Court. Family Division - Adoption

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Family Division has jurisdiction to handle adoption of children in abuse and neglect cases pursuant to RSA 169-C, termination of parental rights cases pursuant to RSA 170-C, and guardianships of the person of minors. If the adoption you are considering does not arise from a case type listed above, your adoption should be filed in your local Probate Court. Site includes links to information on adoption mediation, adoption forms, how to file a petitions for adoption and for surrendering parental rights, and the state putative father registry list.   GO>


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Private-independent adoption law in New Hampshire / Charles L Greenhalgh. New Hampshire Bar Association, copyright 2012   GO>

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Family law / by Charles G. Douglas. New Providence, N.J. : LexisNexis, 2014. 4th ed.   GO>

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NEW HAMPSHIRE STATUTES

RSA 126-D. Compact, Hard to Place Children   GO>

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RSA 161:2, IV. Human Service. Duties of the Department  GO>

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RSA 168-A. Uniform Act on Paternity  GO>

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RSA 169-C. Child Protection Act  GO>

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RSA 170-A. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children   GO>

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RSA 170-B. Adoption   GO>

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RSA 170-C. Termination of Parental Rights  GO>

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RSA 170-E. Child Day Care, Residential Care, and Child-placing Agencies   GO>

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Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

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Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Statutes: New Hampshire statutes are the laws of the State of New Hampshire as enacted by the New Hampshire General Court. GO>
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE COURT RULES

Circuit Court. Family Division. Rules  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Rules  GO>

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Learn About New Hampshire Court Rules: Follow this link to learn how to search court rules online as well as what court rules are and how they're published. GO>
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE FORMS

Circuit Court. Family Division - Adoption Forms  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division - Adoption Forms  GO>

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ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

Circuit Court. Probate Division. Administrative Order 10-A. Certificates – Adoptions & Name Changes, Bond Discharges and Other Documents  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Administrative Order 9 Relative to Protocol For Background Check In Adoption Proceedings With No Home Study  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Procedure Bulletin 19 Relative to Requests for Information Concerning Adoption Files  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Procedure Bulletin 24. Re-adoption Under 170-B:27  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Procedure Bulletin 25 A Person Who Claims to be the Father and who has Filed Notice of Claim of Paternity with a Putative Father Registry in the U.S.  GO>

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FEDERAL STATUTES

United States. Dept. of Health & Human Services. Federal Laws Related to Adoption

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Federal laws provide overarching standards with which State adoption laws must comply. This site includes domestic and intercountry adoption laws.   GO>


FOR MORE HELP ...

New Hampshire. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Division for Children, Youth & Families. Adoptees and Birth Family Members. Adoption Search Services

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Explains options for those seeking to find birth family information.   GO>

New Hampshire. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Division for Children, Youth & Families. Foster Care and Adoption Services  GO>

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New Hampshire. Dept. of State. Division of Vital Records Administration. Pre-adoption birth records  GO>

Link verified on: December 30, 2016

United States. Dept. of Health & Human Services. Adoption  GO>

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United States. Dept. of State. Intercountry Adoption   GO>

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