2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 10. Children
§10-7503-2.4. Contents of consent to adoption.

10 OK Stat § 10-7503-2.4 (2014) What's This?

A. A consent to an adoption of a minor shall be in writing, recorded by a court reporter, and executed before a judge of the district court in this state and contain:

1. The date, place, and time of the execution of the consent;

2. The name and date of birth of the person executing the consent;

3. The current mailing address, telephone number, and social security number of the person executing the consent; and

4. Instructions that the consent is irrevocable, except upon the specific grounds specified in Section 7503-2.7 of this title, upon which the consent can be revoked and the manner in which a motion to set aside the consent must be filed.

B. A consent must state:

1. That the person executing the document is voluntarily and unequivocally consenting to the adoption of the minor;

2. An understanding that after the consent is executed, it is final and, except for fraud or duress, may not be revoked or set aside for any reason except as otherwise authorized by the Oklahoma Adoption Code;

3. That the person executing the consent is represented by counsel or has waived any right to counsel;

4. That the execution of the consent does not terminate any duty of the person executing the consent to support the mother or the minor until the adoption is completed;

5. That the person executing the consent has not received or been promised any money or anything of value for the consent, except for payments authorized by law;

6. Whether the individual executing the consent is a member of an Indian tribe and whether the minor is eligible for membership or the child is a member of an Indian tribe;

7. That the person believes the adoption of the minor is in the minor's best interest; and

8. That the person executing the consent has been advised that an adult adopted person born in Oklahoma, whose decree of adoption is finalized after November 1, 1997, may obtain a copy of such person's original certificate of birth unless affidavits of nondisclosure have been filed pursuant to Section 7503-2.5 of this title and that the consenting parent may file an affidavit of nondisclosure.

C. Before executing a consent, a minor twelve (12) years of age or older must have been informed by the court of the meaning and consequences of the adoption and the availability of social and medical history information, pursuant to Section 7504-1.2 of this title, when the minor turns eighteen (18) years of age.

D. When it appears to the court that the parent or guardian executing a consent desires counsel but is indigent and cannot for that reason employ counsel, the court shall appoint counsel. In all counties having county indigent defenders, the county indigent defenders shall assume the duties of representation in such proceedings.

E. The transcript of the court proceedings pursuant to this section shall be placed in the court record.

F. Except as otherwise provided by subsection K of this section, verification of the court shall be in substantially the following form:

I, _______________, Judge of the District Court in and for __________ County, State of Oklahoma, a Court having original adoption jurisdiction, do hereby certify, that upon this day, __________ personally appeared in open Court, before me, and orally and in writing executed the above and foregoing Appearance and Consent to Adoption.

In executing this acknowledgement, I further certify that the said ___________ acknowledged that the person executed said consent to adoption freely and voluntarily, and that it was explained to such person by or before me, the undersigned Judge of the District Court, that in executing the consent the person was surrendering all parental authority whatsoever over the minor; and that with such explanation made to the consenting person by or before me, the undersigned Judge of the District Court, the person executed the consent, freely, voluntarily and intelligently for all uses and purposes therein set forth.

I further certify that it was explained to the consenting person that this consent is irrevocable and final except for fraud or duress and may not be revoked or set aside except and unless no Petition to Adopt is filed within nine (9) months after placement of the minor or if this or some other court decides not to terminate the rights of the other parent of the minor. I further certify that I am satisfied that the consenting person understands the consequences of an adoption; the consenting person has represented that such person has not received or been promised any money or anything of value for the giving of consent except for those payments authorized by law; the consenting person has represented that such person is not under the influence of alcohol or medication or other substance that affects the person's competence; the parent fully understood the English language and communicated in the English language at all times during said hearing, or all information was translated into the consenting person's language, and was fully understood by the person; and if the consenting person was the biological parent, such parent was advised regarding the affidavit of nondisclosure.

G. A consent may be signed before any judge of a court having probate or adoption jurisdiction in this state or in the state of residence of the person executing the consent.

H. 1. a.If an individual whose consent is necessary resides in a country or place other than the United States of America, other than a member of the United States Armed Services stationed abroad, the consent of the individual to the adoption may be obtained by a written instrument signed by such person and acknowledged before an officer of the legal subdivision of the government of the place of such person's residence who is authorized to administer oaths under the laws of such country or place.

b.If the foreign country's government does not involve itself in adoption matters, the consent may be executed before an officer of the Judge Advocate General's Office of the United States Armed Services or before an officer of the United States Embassy located in that country, provided the execution of such consent is not a violation of the laws of the foreign country, or a violation of international law or treaty between the foreign country's government and the United States. The consent shall reflect that the consent is not given or accepted in violation of the laws of the foreign country or in violation of international law or treaty between such foreign country's government and the United States.

2. If an individual whose consent is necessary is a member of the United States Armed Services stationed in a country or place other than the United States, the individual's consent may be acknowledged before an officer of the Judge Advocate General's Office or other legal officer possessing the authority to administer oaths.

I. If the written instrument containing a consent to adoption is written in a language other than the English language, the petitioner must have it translated into the English language by a qualified translator, and must file the original instrument together with the translation with the court. The translation must be sworn to as being a true and correct translation by the person translating the document.

J. Except as otherwise required by subsection H of this section, when the person whose consent is or may be required resides outside of Oklahoma, the consent to adoption by such person may be executed in that state or country in the manner set forth in the Oklahoma Adoption Code or in the manner prescribed by the laws of the state or country of such person's residence.

K. 1. When the person whose consent is required is the Director or designee of the Department of Human Services for minors in the custody of the Department of Human Services, the contents of the consent need only contain the full name of the person executing the consent, that the person executing the consent is duly authorized by the Director to consent to the adoption, the full name of the child being adopted, and the names and addresses of adoptive petitioners.

2. The verification of the court shall be in substantially the following form:

I, _______________, Judge of the District Court in and for __________ County, State of Oklahoma, a Court having original adoption jurisdiction, do hereby certify, that upon this day, __________ personally appeared in open Court, before me, and orally and in writing executed the above and foregoing Appearance and Consent to Adoption.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 366, § 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 415, § 11, emerg. eff. June 11, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 385, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.

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