Original birth certificates were sealed to Arkansas adoptees in 1935.
Arkanas Code not linkable. See citations:
- Ann. Code § 9-9-504; 9-9-505 for access to identifying info
- Access to Original Birth Certificate is Citation: Ann. Code § 20-18-406
OBC and identifying information: by court order only. (relevant part:)
-9-217. Confidentiality of hearings and records.
(a) Notwithstanding any other law concerning public hearings and records:
(1) All hearings held in proceedings under this subchapter shall be held in closed court without admittance of any person other than essential officers of the court, the parties, their witnesses, counsel, persons who have not previously consented to the adoption but are required to consent, and representatives of the agencies present to perform their official duties.
(2) (A) Adoption records shall be closed, confidential, and sealed unless authority to open them is provided by law or by order of the court for good cause shown.
(B) (i) When an adoption is filed or heard pursuant to § 9-27-301 et seq., any portion of the court file relating to the adoption shall be maintained separately from the file of other pending juvenile matters concerning the juvenile who is the subject of the adoption or the family of the juvenile.
Passive Registy includes: Required counseling and:
n any case in which the identity of the birth father was unknown to the birth mother, or in which the administrator learns that one (1) or both birth parents are deceased, this information shall be shared with the adult adoptee. In those cases, the adoptee shall not be able to obtain identifying information through the registry, and he or she shall be told of his or her right to pursue whatever right otherwise exists by law to petition a court to release the identifying information.
Updated August 14, 2015
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