Wyoming

Adoption

Access to Adoption Records

Who May Access Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 1-22-116; 1-22-203

Nonidentifying medical information may be provided to:

  • The adoptive parent
  • The adult adopted person

Identifying information may be accessed by:

  • The adult adopted person
  • The adoptive parent
  • The birth parent, sibling, or grandparent

All parties must be age 18 or older.

Access to Nonidentifying Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 1-22-116

To the extent available, the medical history of the adoptive child and his or her birth parents, with information identifying the birth parents eliminated, shall be provided to the child’s adoptive parent any time after the adoption decree or to the child after he or she attains the age of majority. The history shall include but not be limited to all available information regarding conditions or diseases believed to be hereditary, any drugs or medication taken during pregnancy by the birth mother, and any other information that may be a factor influencing the child’s present or future health.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 1-22-203

Any person listed above may petition the court to appoint one or more confidential intermediaries for the purpose of determining the whereabouts of an unknown birth relative, except that no one shall seek a relative who is a minor. Any information obtained by the intermediary shall be kept strictly confidential and shall be utilized only for the purpose of arranging a contact between the individual who initiated the search and the sought-after birth relative.

When a sought-after relative is located:

  • Contact shall be made between the parties only when written consent for such contact has been obtained from both parties and filed with the court.
  • If consent for personal communication is not obtained from both parties, all relinquishment and adoption records and any information obtained by any confidential intermediary during the course of his or her investigation shall be returned to the court and shall remain confidential.

Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 35-1-417

The original birth certificate is not subject to inspection except by court order.

Where the Information Can Be Located

Wyoming Department of Family Services

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Collection of Family Information About Adopted Persons and Their Birth Families

Agency or Person Preparing the Report
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 1-22-111
The court may order the Department of Family Services or a private licensed agency to investigate and report to the court the background of the child and the medical, social, and psychological background and status of the consenting parent and putative father.

Contents of Report About the Adopted Person
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 1-22-116
To the extent available, the medical history of an adoptive child shall be provided to the child’s adoptive parent.

Contents of Report About the Birth Family
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 1-22-116
The medical, social, and psychological histories of the birth parents shall include, but not be limited to:

  • All available information regarding conditions or diseases believed to be hereditary
  • Any drugs or medications taken during pregnancy by the child’s birth mother
  • Any other information that may be a factor influencing the child’s present or future health

When the Report Is Made
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 1-22-116
To the extent available, the medical histories of an adoptive child and his or her birth parents, with information identifying the birth parents eliminated, shall be provided to the child’s adoptive parent any time after the adoption decree or to the child after he or she attains the age of majority.

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: Ann. Stat. § 2-4-107
An adopted person is the child of an adopting parent and of the birth parents for inheritance purposes only. The adoption of a child by the spouse of a birth parent has no effect on the relationship between the child and that birth parent.

Adoptive Parents in Relation to Adopted Person
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 2-4-107
An adopted person is the child of an adopting parent and of both the natural parents for inheritance purposes only.An adopted person shall inherit from all other relatives of an adoptive parent as though he or she was a child who was born to the adoptive parent, and the relatives shall inherit from the adoptive person’s estate as if they were his or her relatives.

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

This 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: Ann. Stat. § 35-1-417(e)

The State Registrar of Vital Records shall establish a new certificate of birth, on a form he or she prescribes, for a person born in a foreign country upon receipt of a certified copy of the decree of adoption entered pursuant to § 1-22-111(a)(iii) and a request for a new certificate by the court decreeing the adoption, the adoptive parents, or the adoptee.


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