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KANSAS

Adoption Law

 

 

Adult adoptees in Kansas have always had unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates. Court records in adoption proceedings are also available to adoptees upon request.

 

 

Relevant Kansas Law: Original Birth Certificates

(a) In cases of adoption the state registrar upon receipt of a certified decree of adoption, or a similar document or documents which evidences finalization of the adoption in the foreign country, and the report of adoption form shall prepare a supplementary certificate or abstract in the new name of the adopted person and seal and file the original certificate of birth with such certified copy or abstract attached thereto. Such sealed documents may be opened by the state registrar only upon the demand of the adopted person if of legal age or by an order


65-2423. Adoption cases; birth certificate requirements 

Upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order of annulment of adoption the state registrar shall restore the original certificate to its original place in the files.of court.

 

(b) For any child born in a foreign country but adopted in Kansas or born and adopted in a foreign country and such adoption is filed and entered pursuant to K.S.A. 59-2144, and amendments thereto, the state registrar, upon request, shall complete and register a birth certificate upon receipt of a certified copy of the decree of adoption, or a similar document or documents which evidences finalization of the adoption in the foreign country, the report of adoption form and proof of the date and place of the child’s birth. The certificate shall show the new name of the child as specified in the decree of adoption, or a similar document or documents which evidences finalization of the adoption in the foreign country, and such further information concerning the adopting parents as may be necessary to complete the birth certificate. The certificate shall show the true country of birth and the date of birth of the child. The certificate shall state the following: “This certificate is issued pursuant to subsection (b) of K.S.A. 65-2423, and amendments thereto.”

 

 

 

Relevant Kansas Law: Adoption Records

(a) The files and records of the court in adoption proceedings shall not be open to inspection or copy by persons other than the parties in interest and their attorneys, representatives of the department for children and families, and the commission on judicial performance in the discharge of the commission’s duties pursuant to article 32 of chapter 20 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, except upon an order of the court expressly permitting the same. As used in this section, “parties in interest” shall not include genetic parents once a decree of adoption is entered.


59-2122. Files and records of adoption

(b) The Kansas department for children and families may contact the adoptive parents of the minor child or the adopted adult at the request of the genetic parents in the event of a health or medical need. The Kansas department for children and families may contact the adopted adult at the request of the genetic parents for any reason. Identifying information shall not be shared with the genetic parents without the permission of the adoptive parents of the minor child or the adopted adult. The Kansas department for children and families may contact the genetic parents at the request of the adoptive parents of the minor child or the adopted adult in the event of a health or medical need. The Kansas department for children and families may contact the genetic parents at the request of the adopted adult for any reason.

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