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259.79 Adoption records.

Subdivision 1. Content. The adoption records of the commissioner, the commissioner's agents and licensed child-placing agencies shall contain copies of all relevant legal documents, responsibly collected genetic, medical and social history of the child and the child's birth parents, the child's placement record, copies of all pertinent agreements, contracts, and correspondence relevant to the adoption, and copies of all reports and recommendations made to the court. Identifying information contained in the adoption record shall be confidential and shall be disclosed only pursuant to section 259.61.

Subd. 2. Use. Each adoption record shall constitute the permanent record upon which court action is based and agency services are administered.

Subd. 3. Retention; records made public. All adoption records shall be retained on a permanent basis under a protected record system which ensures confidentiality and lasting preservation. All adoption records shall become public records on the 100th anniversary of the granting of the adoption decree.

HIST: 1982 c 584 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1994 c 631 s 31; 1997 c 177 s 22