ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
Adoption of illegitimate child by acknowledgment and conduct of father--Legitimation from birth.
Father of illegitimate child not entitled to notice unless acknowledged.
Adoption of minor child permitted--Minimum difference in ages--Best interests of
Consent of spouse required for adoption.
Consent of child's parents required for adoption--Court waiver of consent.
Compelling, coercing, or forcing adoption as felony.
Offering, giving, or receiving unauthorized consideration for adoption as felony.
Consent of child over twelve required.
Jurisdiction of circuit court--Appeal.
Venue of adoption proceedings.
Joinder of proceedings as to two or more children--Separate orders required.
Period of residence in home required before petition granted.
Home study report required--Criminal record check and central registry screening to
be included--Violation as misdemeanor.
Time of hearing on petition fixed--Investigation ordered by court.
Notice to Department of Social Services--Recommendation of department--Appearance.
Execution of consent and agreement by parties--Appearances at hearing.
Examination of witnesses and investigations by court--Order of adoption--Contents.
Restrictions on access to court records in adoption proceedings--Court order required
for disclosure of information--Notice of hearing to department or adoption agency--Disclosure not contested nor supported.
Confidentiality of records.
Nonidentifying information--Release to adoptive parent or adoptee.
Registry of consents to release of identifying information.
Change of name by adopted child--Relationship with adoptive parent.
Rights and duties of natural parents terminated on adoption--Exceptions.
Petition for adoption of adult--Consent required--Residence with adoptive parent
during minority required.
Order for adoption of adult.
Jurisdictional provisions applicable to adoption of adults--Effect of adoption--New
birth certificate optional.
Care of past irregularities in proceedings.
Medical information on adoptee's birthparent available to adoptee or adoptee's legal
Medical and social history form filed in adoption of abused or neglected child--Availability to adoptive parents and adoptee--Failure to comply.
Due regard to be afforded Indian Child Welfare Act.
Effect of adoption orders of another jurisdiction or nation.