Nevada

Nevada

Adoption

Access to Adoption Records

Who May Access Information
Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 127.007; 127.152Information from the State register is available to:

  • The adopted person who is age 18 or older
  • The birth parents
  • Persons related within the third degree to the adopted person

Medical and sociological information shall be provided to the adoptive parents.

Access to Nonidentifying Information
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.152

The agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency shall provide the adopting parents with a report that includes:

  • A copy of any of the child’s medical records that are in the possession of the agency
  • Any information about the medical and sociological history of the child and the birth parents and any behavioral, emotional, or psychological problems that the child may have
  • Information regarding any subsidies, assistance, and other services that may be available to the child if it is determined that he or she has any special needs

The report must exclude any information that would lead to the identification of the birth parent.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.007

The division shall maintain the State register for adoptions to provide information to identify adults who were adopted and persons related to them within the third degree of consanguinity. The State register for adoptions consists of:

  • Names and other information relating to persons who have released a child for adoption and who have submitted the information voluntarily to the division
  • Names and other necessary information of persons who are 18 years of age or older who were adopted and who have submitted the information voluntarily to the division
  • Names and other necessary information of persons who are related within the third degree of consanguinity to adopted persons and who have submitted the information voluntarily to the division

Any person whose name appears in the register may withdraw it by requesting in writing that it be withdrawn. The division shall immediately withdraw a name upon receiving the request and may not thereafter release any information to identify that person, including the information that such a name was ever in the register.

The division may release information about a person related within the third degree of consanguinity to an adopted perso or about an adopted person to a person related within the third degree of consanguinity if the names and information about both persons are contained in the register and if written consent for the release of such information is given by the birth parent.

Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 440.310

The original birth certificate is available only upon order of the court.

Where the Information Can Be Located

Nevada Adoption Registry Services, Division of Child and Family Services

Collection of Family Information About Adopted Persons and Their Birth Families

Agency or Person Preparing the Report
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.152
The agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency shall provide the adopting parents with a report.Contents of Report About the Adopted Person
Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 127.120; 127.152
The agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency designated by the court shall investigate the condition of the child, including, without limitation, whether the child is an Indian child.The agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency shall provide the adopting parents of a child with a report that includes:

  • A copy of any medical records of the child that are in the possession of the agency
  • Any information obtained by the agency during interviews of the birth parent regarding:
    • The medical and sociological histories of the child
    • Any behavioral, emotional, or psychological problems that the child may have
  • Written information regarding any subsidies, assistance, and other services that may be available to the child if it is determined that he or she has any special needs

Contents of Report About the Birth Family
Citation: Rev. Stat. §127.152
The agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency shall provide the adopting parents of a child with a report that includes any information obtained by the agency during interviews of the natural parent regarding the medical and sociological histories of the birth parents of the child.

When the Report Is Made
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.120
The report shall be made when an adoption petition is filed.

Exceptions for Stepparent or Relative Adoptions
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.120
If one petitioner or the spouse of a petitioner is related to the child within the third degree of consanguinity, the court may, in its discretion, waive the investigation.

Intestate Inheritance Rights for Adopted Children

Birth Parents in Relation to Adopted Person
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.160
After an adoption decree is entered, the birth parents of an adopted child shall be relieved of all parental responsibilities for such child, and they shall not exercise or have any rights over an adopted child’s property. The child shall not owe his or her birth parents or their relatives any legal duty, nor shall he or she inherit from his or her birth parents or family.The adoption of a child by his or her stepparent shall not in any way change the status of the relationship between the child and his or her birth parent who is the spouse of the petitioning stepparent.Adoptive Parents in Relation to Adopted Person
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.160
By virtue of an adoption, an adopted person shall inherit from his or her adoptive parent(s) or their relatives as though he or she were the birth child of such parent(s).

If an adopted person dies intestate, the adoptive parents and their relatives shall inherit his or her estate.

Adopted Persons Who Are Not Included in a Will
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 133.170
When the child of a testator or the issue of a deceased child of a testator is omitted from the testator’s will, it must be presumed that the omission was intentional. Should the court find that the omission was unintentional, the child, or the issue of the deceased child, is entitled to the same share in the estate of the testator as if the testator had died intestate.

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State Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions Finalized Abroad

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Effect and Recognition of a Foreign Adoption DecreeThis issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Readoption After an Intercountry Adoption

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Application for a U.S. Birth Certificate
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 440.310(3)

Whenever the State Registrar receives a certified report of adoption or amendment of adoption filed in accordance with the provisions of § 127.157 concerning a person born in a foreign country other than Canada, the State Registrar shall, if he or she receives evidence that the person being adopted is a citizen of the United States and the adoptive parents are residents of Nevada, prepare and file a supplementary certificate of birth and seal and file the report.


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