Northern Mariana Islands

Adoption

Access to Adoption Records

Who May Access Information

Citation: Comm. Code Tit. 8, § 1414

The adoptive parent or the adopted child may consent to release of information.

Access to Nonidentifying Information

The issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Comm. Code Tit. 8, § 1414

All papers and records pertaining to the adoption are subject to inspection only upon consent of the court and all interested persons. The identity of an adoptive parent or child may not be disclosed except by consent in writing of the adoptive parent, the adopted child who is age 14 years or older, or upon order of the court for good cause in exceptional cases.

Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Comm. Code Tit. 8, §§ 1414; 1417

The original birth certificate is sealed as part of the adoption record and may be opened only as provided by Tit.8, § 1414.

Where the Information Can Be Located

The agency involved in the adoption

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Collection of Family Information About Adopted Persons and Their Birth Families

 

Agency or Person Preparing the Report
Citation: Commonwealth Code Tit. 8, §§ 1408; 1410
Information about the child must be included with the adoption petition.If the court so orders, an investigation shall be made by:

  • The Division of Youth Services or its designee
  • Any qualified person or agency designated by the court

Contents of Report About the Adopted Person
Citation: Commonwealth Code Tit. 8, § 1408
The adoption petition shall include the date and place of birth, if known, of the adopted person.

Contents of Report About the Birth Family
Citation: Commonwealth Code Tit. 8, § 1410
The investigation shall inquire into the condition and antecedents of the adopted person.

When the Report Is Made
Citation: Commonwealth Code Tit. 8, § 1410
A written report of the investigation shall be filed with the court before the adoption petition is heard.

Exceptions for Stepparent or Relative Adoptions

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

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Intestate Inheritance Rights for Adopted Children

Birth Parents in Relation to Adopted Person
Citation: Commonwealth Code Tit. 8, § 1412
Upon the final decree of adoption, the right of the adopted person to inherit from the birth parents ceases.

Adoptive Parents in Relation to Adopted Person
Citation: Commonwealth Code Tit. 8, § 1412
The adopted person gains the right of inheritance from the adoptive parent(s) upon final decree to create the relationship of parent and child, as if the adopted person were the birth relative of the adoptive parent(s).

Adopted Persons Who Are Not Included in a Will

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

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State Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions Finalized Abroad

Effect and Recognition of a Foreign Adoption Decree
Citation: Comm. Code Tit. 8, § 1415

A decree of court establishing the relationship of parent and child by adoption pursuant to due process of law by a court of any other jurisdiction within or without the United States shall be recognized in the Commonwealth and the rights and obligations of the parties as to matters in the Commonwealth shall be determined as though a court of the Commonwealth had issued the decree.

Readoption After an Intercountry Adoption

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Application for a U.S. Birth Certificate

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.


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