Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill

HCS SS SCS SB 351 -- ADOPTION RECORDS

SPONSOR:  Lamping (Barnes)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Judiciary
by a vote of 10 to 0.

This substitute changes the laws regarding adoption records.  In
its main provisions, the substitute:

(1)  Allows nonidentifying biological or sibling information to
be furnished by the child-placing agency or the juvenile court
upon written request to an adopted adult's lineal descendant if
the adopted adult is deceased;

(2)  Revises the provisions regarding an adopted adult obtaining
identifying information of the undisclosed biological parents by
making a request to the circuit court having original
jurisdiction by allowing the identifying information to also be
disclosed to an adopted adult's lineal descendant if the adopted
adult is deceased;

(3)  Requires only the biological parents to be notified about a
request for identifying information.  Currently, the adopted
adult must make a request and follow a specified procedure for
obtaining consent from both the adoptive and biological parents
if prior consent has not been given through the child-placing
agency or juvenile court personnel;

(4)  Specifies that if the biological parents are deceased, the
court must disclose the identifying information of the biological
parents to the adopted adult or the adopted adult's lineal
descendants if the adopted adult is deceased; and

(5)  Removes the provision that conditions the release of
identifying information to an adopted adult upon a finding by the
court that the information is necessary for urgent health-related
purposes.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds in FY 2012, FY 2013, and
FY 2014.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the bill will assist adoptees in
gathering more information about their biological parents
including important medical information.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Lamping; Laura Long; and
Missouri Catholic Conference.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

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