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Missouri Senate backs eased disclosure of adoption information

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 7:40 a.m. CDT; updated 9:35 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 6, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that could make it easier for some adopted adults or their descendants to find out information about their biological parents.

State law already allows adoptees who are at least 18 years old to ask a court to disclose information about their biological parents.

Legislation by Republican Sen. John Lamping, of Clayton, also would allow such information to be released to the person's descendants if the adopted adult is deceased.

Another part of the bill would make it easier for adopted adults or their descendants to find out information about their biological parents if those parents have died.

Senators gave the legislation first-round approval Tuesday by a voice vote. Another Senate vote is needed to send it to the House.

 


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