2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 10. Children
§10-7503-2.5. Acknowledgment of consent to adoption or permanent relinquishment before judge - Affidavit of nondisclosure.
A. At the time that a written consent to adoption or permanent relinquishment is acknowledged by a biological parent before a judge of a court of this state, the judge shall advise the biological parent:
1. That an adult adopted person born in the State of Oklahoma whose decree of adoption is finalized after November 1, 1997, may obtain such person's original certificate of birth;
2. That, if affidavits of nondisclosure have been filed by both biological parents and have not been revoked by either biological parent at the time that the request for the original birth certificate is made by the adult adopted person, the original birth certificate will not be released to the adult adopted person; and
3. That if an unrevoked affidavit of nondisclosure by only one biological parent is on file with the State Registrar of Vital Statistics at the time that the request for the original birth certificate is made by the adult adopted person, identifying information regarding the parent who filed the unrevoked affidavit of nondisclosure will be deleted from the original birth certificate before it is provided to the adult adopted person. The identity of the parent who does not have an unrevoked affidavit of nondisclosure on file, if it is contained in the original birth certificate, will be disclosed.
B. 1. The judge shall ascertain whether the biological parent wishes to execute an affidavit of nondisclosure. If so, an affidavit of nondisclosure form shall be made available to the biological parent by the court and may be executed in the presence of the judge at the time the written consent to adoption or relinquishment for adoption is acknowledged.
2. An affidavit of nondisclosure signed at the time a consent or relinquishment is acknowledged shall be filed in the adoption action with the consent or relinquishment for adoption.
3. Affidavit of nondisclosure forms shall also be available in each district court clerk's office and may be executed and filed by a biological parent in the court in which an adoption action is pending.
4. An affidavit of nondisclosure may be filed after a final decree of adoption has been entered.
C. A biological parent who has executed an affidavit of nondisclosure may revoke the affidavit of nondisclosure at any time by filing a revocation with the State Registrar of Vital Statistics. Upon receipt of a revocation of an affidavit of nondisclosure, the State Registrar shall attach the revocation to the affidavit of nondisclosure and file it with the original certificate of birth and other records of the adoption.
D. The failure to follow any provisions of this section shall not be grounds to challenge a decree of adoption.
Added by Laws 1997, c. 366, § 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.
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