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Title 15A: Adoption Act

Article 6: RECORDS OF ADOPTION PROCEEDING; RETENTION, CONFIDENTIALITY, AND ACCESS

15A V.S.A. § 6-102. Records confidential, court records sealed



§ 6-102. Records confidential, court records sealed

(a) All records on file with the court or in the possession of an agency, the department of health, the registry or other provider of professional services in connection with an adoption are confidential and may not be inspected except as provided in this title.

(b) During a proceeding for adoption, records are not open to inspection except as directed by the court.

(c) Within 30 days after a decree of adoption becomes final, the clerk of the superior court shall send to the registry a copy of any document signed pursuant to section 2-105 of this title.

(d) All records on file with the court or agency shall be retained permanently and sealed for 99 years after the date of the adoptee's birth. Sealed records and indices are not open to inspection by any person except as provided in this title.

(e) The records of an agency which ceases operation in this state shall be transferred to the department for retention under the provisions of this title. (Added 1995, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 131.)