LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A new state rule involving adoptions gives people who have been adopted an opportunity to learn more about their biological parents, state health officials said Friday.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, people who have been adopted can request their adoption file from the state agency starting Aug. 1. The records can be requested and forms are available for birth parents who want to remove their name from an adoption file or update their medical or contact information.
An adoption file will include an original birth certificate and adoption decree, but information can vary based on the adoption.
The rule is based on a 2017 law that allows people to request adoption records if they are at least 21 years old starting Aug. 1.
"The new law also allows birth parents to complete forms to redact their name from an adoption file as well as update their family history information and contact preference. They can request to be contacted by the adopted family directly, through a third party or not at all, although the ADH cannot guarantee that request will be followed," state health officials said in a release. "To submit a redaction request, the birth parent must show proof of their identity, submit a notarized form and update their genetic or social history. A form cannot be submitted by one birth parent for another."
Information about the law can be found at the Arkansas Department of Health website.