2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 7 - Municipalities
Chapter 93 - Registrars of Vital Statistics
Section 7-59 - Report of foundling.


CT Gen Stat § 7-59 (2012) What's This?

(a) The executive authority of any agency or institution, upon accepting the temporary custody of any foundling, shall, not later than ten days after the date of such acceptance, report to the registrar of vital statistics of the town or city where such foundling was found or voluntarily surrendered, in a format prescribed by the department, as follows: The date and place of finding where voluntarily surrendered, the sex, the race, the approximate age, the name and address of such agency or institution and the name given to the child. Except for an infant voluntarily surrendered pursuant to the provisions of section 17a-58, if a child for whom a report of foundling has been registered is later identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, the certificate of birth shall be substituted and the report of foundling shall be sealed and filed in a confidential file, and such seal may be broken and the record inspected only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The certificate prescribed by this section shall include such additional information as the department requires.

(b) For any infant surrendered pursuant to the provisions of section 17a-58, the hospital shall prepare a report of foundling as described in subsection (a) of this section. If a certificate of birth has already been filed in the state birth registry pursuant to the requirements of section 7-48, the report of foundling shall substitute for the original certificate of birth which shall be sealed and filed in a confidential file at the Department of Public Health. The original certificate of birth shall not be released except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

(1949 Rev., S. 579; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 01-163, S. 19; P.A. 11-242, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 77-614 substituted department of health services for department of health, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 01-163 changed provision re forms supplied to format prescribed by the department, changed “color” to “race” and made technical changes; P.A. 11-242 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and amended same to add reporting requirement re location where foundling was voluntarily surrendered and make technical changes, and added Subsec. (b) re hospital’s responsibility to prepare report of foundling for any infant surrendered pursuant to Sec. 17a-58.

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