NH Law About... Adoption

Introduction to... Adoption

Updated March 16, 2018. 

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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Birth Certificate -- Can I see my adoption records? -- Checklists: 026 Validation of an Adoption, 027 Surrender of Parental Rights, 029 Adoption-Related Minor Child, 030 Adoption-Unrelated Minor Child, 031 Adoption Adult -- PB 19-Requests for Information Concerning Adoption Files -- Form 2420-P Request for Certificate or Copy -- State Putative Father Registry List   GO>

Circuit Court. Family Division - Adoption

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The 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>

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

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The State is continually recruiting for families who are ready and able to commit to a child or youth waiting for adoption.   GO>

Protocols relative to termination of parental rights, surrender of parental rights, voluntary mediation and adoptions involving RSA 169-C cases : for use in the New Hampshire Circuit Courts  GO>

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

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

What is adoption? / Child and Family Services -- Considering adoption? / Child and Family Services -- Adoption homestudy : the first step in planning an adoption / Child and Family Services -- The adoption homestudy / Child and Family Services -- Private adoption services / Child and Family Services -- Pre-adoptive infant care / Child and Family Services -- Guidelines to conduct hearing for surrender of parental rights -- Decree : State of New Hampshire, Strafford, SS. Probate Court In re adoption of Baby D, 94-C051 -- The New Hampshire Circuit Court roster, 1st Circuit, Coos County -- Representing birth parents / Karen M. Shea -- Birth parents, counseling and home studies / Julie Daniels -- Representing adoptive parents / Margaret Cunnane Hall -- Interstate compact on the placement of children / Linda D. Bombaci.   GO>

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NEW HAMPSHIRE STATUTES

RSA 126-D. Compact, Hard to Place Children   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 9 Relative to Protocol For Background Check In Adoption Proceedings With No Home Study  GO>

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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. 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. New Federal legislation generally obligates States to enact new laws. In some cases of intercountry adoption, international treaty requirements regulate adoption as a result of the United States becoming party to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Convention). This international treaty implements safeguards for all parties in adoptions involving countries that have joined the Convention.   GO>


FOR MORE HELP ...

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

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Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, with a focus on adoption from the U.S. foster care system. Includes information for adoption professionals, adopted adults, expectant parents considering adoption, birth parents and relatives, and prospective and adoptive parents on a broad range of adoption topics.   GO>

United States. Dept. of State. Intercountry Adoption

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Intercountry adoption is the process by which you adopt a child from a country other than your own through permanent legal means and then bring that child to your country of residence to live with you permanently. This website can give you valuable information about intercountry adoptions, from starting the process to post-adoption information.   GO>


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