2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 48. Children's code.
48.434 Release of identifying information by an agency when authorization is granted.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 48.434 (2017)

48.434 Release of identifying information by an agency when authorization is granted.

(1)Definitions. In this section:

(a) “Adoptive parent" means a person who has adopted a child in this state or who has adopted in another state a child who was placed for adoption with that person in this state.

(b) “Birth parent" has the meaning given under s. 48.432 (1) (am).

(2) Any birth parent of a child may file with the agency that placed the child for adoption under s. 48.833 or that was appointed the guardian of the child under s. 48.837 (6) (d) a written authorization for the agency to release any available information about the birth parent's identity and location to one or both adoptive parents of the child.

(3) Any adoptive parent of a child may file with the agency that placed the child for adoption under s. 48.833 or that was appointed the guardian of the child under s. 48.837 (6) (d) a written authorization for the agency to release any available information about the adoptive parent's identity and location to one or both birth parents of the child.

(4) A written authorization filed under sub. (2) or (3) may be revoked at any time by notifying the agency in writing.

(5) Upon the request of an adoptive parent of a child, the agency receiving the request shall provide to the adoptive parent any available information about the identity and location of a birth parent of the child if the agency has on file an unrevoked written authorization filed by that birth parent under sub. (2) authorizing the release of that information to the adoptive parent.

(6) Upon the request of a birth parent of a child, the agency receiving the request shall provide to the birth parent any available information about the identity and location of an adoptive parent of the child if the agency has on file an unrevoked written authorization filed by that adoptive parent under sub. (3) authorizing the release of that information to the birth parent.

(7) This section does not apply if the adopted child is 21 years of age or over.

(8) Any person, including this state or any political subdivision of this state, who participates in good faith in any requirement of this section shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that results from his or her actions. In any proceeding, civil or criminal, the good faith of any person participating in the requirements of this section shall be presumed.

(9) An agency may assess a reasonable fee for responding to a request for information or a request to file a written authorization under this section.

(10) No agency may contact any person for the purpose of determining whether the person wishes to authorize the agency to release information under this section. An agency may contact the birth parent or adoptive parent of a child who was adopted before April 29, 1998, one time, by mail, to inform them of the procedure by which identifying information may be released under this section.

(11) A written authorization filed with an agency under this section shall be notarized.

History: 1997 a. 104.

NOTE: 1997 Wis. Act 104, which affected this section, contains explanatory notes.

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