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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) __ Missouri 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 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 died or 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.

Copyright Associated Press

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