45.0414 Written consent and report.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 45.0414]

(a) Unless the placement is made by the Court or in accordance with the law of another State or Territory, written consent of the Department of Health, agency, or individual to the proposed adoption, as required by 45.04 12, shall be filed with the petition to adopt.

(b) In placements by the Department of Health or child placement agencies there shall be filed, in addition to the written consent, a written report showing the following:

(1) the physical and mental health, emotional stability, and moral integrity of the petitioner and the ability of the petitioner to promote the welfare of the child; but not physical examination shall be required of any person who in good faith relies upon spiritual means or prayer in the free exercise of religion to prevent or cure disease unless there is reason to believe the person’s physical condition is such that he would be unable to take care of the child;

(2) the physical and mental condition of the child;

(3) the child’s family background, including the names of parents and other identifying data regarding the parents, if obtainable;

(4) reasons for the termination of parental rights in the child;

(5) the suitability of the adoption of this child by this petitioner and the child’s own disposition toward the adoption in any case in which the child’s age makes this feasible; and

(6) the length of time the child has been in the care and custody of the petitioner,

(c) Any party to the adoption proceeding may be entitled to see the report required under subsection (b), except that the names of parents and adoptive parents and any means of identifying either are not made available except upon order of the Court.

History: 1980, PL 16-71 § 1.

Research Guide: CRS 19-4-109.