A small number of states (for example, California) require that the parties to an independent adoption exchange identifying information. In most states, however, the decision about whether or not to exchange identifying information is left to the discretion of the parties. The same is true with respect to continuing contact between the parties after the placement of the child. These matters are considered appropriate for discussion between the birth parents and the adoptive parents so that the parties can agree to a plan.
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- Independent Adoption