259.79 ADOPTION RECORDS.
Subdivision 1. Content.
(a) The adoption records of 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.
(b) The commissioner of human services shall maintain a permanent record of all adoptions
granted in district court in Minnesota regarding children who are:
(1) under guardianship of the commissioner or a licensed child-placing agency according to
260C.201, subdivision 11
(2) placed by the commissioner, commissioner's agent, or licensed child-placing agency after
a consent to adopt according to section
or under an agreement conferring authority to place
for adoption according to section
(3) adopted after a direct adoptive placement approved by the district court under section
Each record shall contain identifying information about the child, the birth or legal parents,
and adoptive parents, including race where such data is available. The record must also contain:
(1) the date the child was legally freed for adoption; (2) the date of the adoptive placement; (3) the
name of the placing agency; (4) the county where the adoptive placement occurred; (5) the date
that the petition to adopt was filed; (6) the county where the petition to adopt was filed; and (7)
the date and county where the adoption decree was granted.
(c) Identifying information contained in the adoption record shall be confidential and shall
be disclosed only pursuant to section
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.
History: 1982 c 584 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1994 c 631 s 31; 1997 c 177 s 22; 2005 c 159 art 2 s 9