NH Law About... Adoption Records

Introduction to... Adoption Records

Posted March 23, 2018.

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Can I see my adoption records?

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All court adoption files are sealed. The release of information from a court adoption file may be made only upon written request, granted by the court.   GO>

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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As of January 1, 2005 adopted persons (over age 18) born in New Hampshire can obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate from NH Vital Records Administration. If a birth parent has filled out a contact preference form and medical history form and filed them with NH Vital Records Administration, those forms can be obtained by contacting NH Vital Records.   GO>

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

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What is RSA 5-C:9 and how does it affect access to original birth information? -- Who is eligible to order a pre-adoption record? -- How do applicants order a pre-adoption record? -- How quickly will I receive my record? -- What will I receive? -- Do adoptees have access to any other vital records? -- How can I get help locating my birth parents or biological family members? -- How can birth parents share their preference as to whether or not they wish to be contacted? -- Vital Record contact information and download pre-adoption record application, contact preference form and medical history form.   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 5-C. Vital Records Administration  GO>

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RSA 170-B. Adoption   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 FORMS

Circuit Court. Probate Division. Form 2420-P Request for Certificate or Copy  GO>

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Circuit Court. Probate Division. Medical Information on Birth Parents

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This form is filed in an adoption proceeding to provide non-identifying medical background information on the birth parents.   GO>


ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

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

Link verified on: March 23, 2018

RSA 170-B:23, II states that all papers and records in the court's permanent file related to an adoption are confidential unless, for good cause shown, the court grants written consent for their inspection. An individual requesting information about an adoption other than a request for a certificate of adoption should be told that all adoption files are sealed, and the release of information from an adoption file may be made only upon written request, granted by the court. Thus, no verbal inquiry concerning information from an adoption file may be answered by the court. Moreover, RSA 170-B:23 and RSA 170-B:24 define who is entitled to information from an adoption file.   GO>


FOR MORE HELP ...

New Hampshire Law Library

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The state's only public law library. Call, email, or visit, we'll be happy to help.   GO>


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