Nixon signs Missouri law dealing with adoption records

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | 7:22 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation designed to make it easier for adopted adults to get information about biological parents who died without agreeing to be identified.

Nixon signed the measure on Tuesday. It takes effect Aug. 28.

The new law provides adopted adults access to information about a deceased biological parent if the other biological parent consents, is unknown, has diedor cannot be notified.

Under existing law, information about a deceased biological parent who didn't consent to its release can be obtained only if a judge determines it's necessary for health reasons.

The new law also allows the release of information about biological parents to the descendants of someone who was adopted and has died.

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