CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
18-1512A. Advertising for adoption — Prohibited acts. (1) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise in this section, "advertisement" means communication by newspaper, radio, television, handbills, placards or other print, broadcast or the electronic medium.
(2) No person or entity shall cause to be published for circulation or broadcast on a radio or television station within the geographic borders of the state of Idaho an advertisement or notice of a child or children offered or wanted for adoption or shall hold himself out through such advertisement or notice as having the ability to place, locate, dispose or receive a child or children for adoption, unless the person or entity is a duly authorized agent, contractee or employee of the department of health and welfare or an authorized children’s agency or institution licensed by the department of health and welfare to care for and place children.
(3) A violation of subsection (2) of this section is a matter affecting the public interest for the purpose of applying chapter 6, title 48, Idaho Code. A violation of subsection (2) of this section is not reasonable in relation to the development and preservation of business. A violation of subsection (2) of this section constitutes an unfair or deceptive act or practice in trade or commerce for the purpose of applying chapter 6, title 48, Idaho Code.
(4) Nothing herein is intended to prohibit an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Idaho from advertising his or her ability to practice or provide services related to the adoption of children.
(5) Nothing herein is intended to prohibit physicians and other health care providers who are licensed to practice in the state of Idaho from assisting or providing natural and adoptive parents with medical care necessary to initiate and complete adoptive placements.
[18-1512A, added 1988, ch. 226, sec. 1, p. 439; am. 2000, ch. 174, sec. 1, p. 442.]