Idaho Statutes
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TITLE 39
HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 2
VITAL STATISTICS
39-259A.  Voluntary adoption registry for providing limited access to birth information of adult adoptees. (a) The state registrar of vital statistics shall establish and maintain a confidential list of qualified adult adoptees who have presented a consent regarding the release of identifying information about themselves. Any consent by a qualified adult adoptee shall be accompanied by the adoptee’s desired method of notification in the event that a match occurs; however, the state shall not incur costs of notification in excess of that part of the fee charged to the applicant for the purpose of notification. Any consent shall also indicate whether the qualified adult adoptee desires release of his identifying information if a match occurs after his death. The qualified adult adoptee may revise his consent with respect to change of address or method of notification. Any name and accompanying information shall be removed from the list upon the verified written request of the listed adoptee. The registrar shall maintain a closed record of such list and accompanying information, except as provided in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(b)  The state registrar of vital statistics shall establish and maintain a confidential list of qualified birthparents who have presented a consent regarding the release of identifying information about themselves. Any consent by a qualified birthparent shall be accompanied by the birthparent’s desired method of notification in the event that a match occurs; however, the state shall not incur costs of notification in excess of that part of the fee charged to the applicant for the purpose of notification. Any consent shall also indicate whether the qualified birthparent desires release of his identifying information if a match occurs after his death. The qualified birthparent may revise his consent with respect to change of address or method of notification. Any name and accompanying information shall be removed from the list upon the verified written request of the listed birthparent. The registrar shall maintain a closed record of such list and accompanying information, except as provided in accordance with the provisions of section 39-258(h), and subsections (b), (c) and (d) of section 39-259, Idaho Code. Any birthparent who, in terminating his parental rights, used an alias and this alias is listed in the original sealed birth certificate, may also file a consent with the registry. A birthparent shall not be matched with a qualified adult adoptee without the consent of the other birthparent unless:
(1)  There is only one (1) birthparent listed on the birth certificate; or
(2)  The other birthparent is deceased; or
(3)  The other birthparent is unable to be located by the department of health and welfare or by a licensed child placement agency designated by the department of health and welfare, after a search, which shall consist, at a minimum, of a certified letter to the other birthparent at the last known address and a newspaper advertisement made in the county of the last known address; such search to be completed within ninety (90) days and the cost of said search to be fully funded and completed by the birthparent seeking a match; said search to be in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the department.
(c)  The state registrar of vital statistics shall establish and maintain a confidential list of qualified adult birth siblings who have presented a consent regarding the release of identifying information about themselves. Any consent by a qualified birth sibling shall be accompanied by the birth sibling’s desired method of notification in the event that a match occurs; however, the state shall not incur costs of notification in excess of that part of the fee charged to the applicant for the purpose of notification. Any consent shall also indicate whether the qualified birth sibling desires release of his identifying information if a match occurs after his death. The qualified birth sibling may revise his consent with respect to change of address or method of notification. Any name and accompanying information shall be removed from the list upon the verified written request of the listed birth sibling. The registrar shall maintain a closed record of such list and accompanying information, except as provided in accordance with the provisions of sections 39-258(h) and 39-259(b), Idaho Code, and this section.
(d)  The state registrar shall maintain a confidential list of relatives of deceased qualified adult adoptees and relatives of deceased qualified birthparents who have presented a consent regarding the release of identifying information about themselves. Any consent by such relative shall be accompanied by the person’s desired method of notification in the event that a match occurs; however, the state shall not incur costs of notification in excess of that part of the fee charged to the applicant for the purpose of notification. Such relative may revise his consent with respect to change of address or method of notification. Any name and accompanying information shall be removed from the list upon the verified written request of the listed relative. The state registrar shall maintain a closed record of such list and accompanying information, except as provided in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(e)  The state registrar shall regularly review the lists provided for in subsections (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this section, and any other nonsealed administrative files or records within the office to determine if there is a match. If it appears that a match has occurred, then and only then is the registrar authorized to proceed to confirm the match through recourse to sealed documents on file in the office of the registrar. When a match is confirmed, the registrar shall notify each party, by its designated method only, prior to an exchange of identifying information. Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow any state or local governmental department, agency, or institution, or any employee thereof, to solicit any consent for the release of identifying information.
(f)  When a match is made and both the adopted person and the birthparent or parents, submit to the state registrar a notarized request for a copy of the original birth record of the adopted person, the state registrar shall issue such copy, marked "NOT FOR OFFICIAL USE", at the usual cost of certificate copies.
(g)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow the registrar to issue a copy of the original birth certificate to any registrant, except as provided for in subsection (f) of this section.
(h)  Except upon order of a court of record of this state and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the information acquired by the registry shall not be disclosed under its public records law, sunshine or freedom of information legislation, rules or practice.
(i)  The initial fee to be charged each person requesting that his name be placed on the list provided for in subsections (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this section, and for the services provided by the registrar in establishing and implementing the registry pursuant to this section, shall be ten dollars ($10.00). Except for the cost of the search described in subsection (b)(3) of this section, the fee shall cover all direct and indirect costs incurred pursuant to this section. The state board of health and welfare shall annually review the fees and expenses incurred pursuant to this section and, as needed, adjust the fees charged to cover the expenses of administering the provisions of this section.

History:
[39-259A, added 1985, ch. 59, sec. 4, p. 117; am. 1990, ch. 213, sec. 36, p. 510; am. 1993, ch. 315, sec. 2, p. 1168.]


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