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§ 5-3A-41. Urgently needed medical information

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3a. Private Agency Guardianship and Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Part IV. Access to Adoption Records (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3A-41
§ 5-3A-41. Urgently needed medical information
Hearing on need
(a) If, after a hearing on petition of an adoptee or former parent, a court is satisfied that the adoptee or blood relative of the adoptee or former parent urgently needs medical information not in agency and court records, the court may appoint an intermediary to try to contact the adoptee or a former parent of the adoptee for the information.
Role of intermediary
(b) An intermediary appointed under this section:
(1) only may advise an adoptee or former parent of the need for medical information; and
(2) may not:
(i) reveal any identifying information about an adoptee or former parent; or
(ii) try, in any manner, to encourage or discourage contact between an adoptee and former parent.
Report to court
(c) An intermediary appointed under this section shall file with the appointing court a confidential written report on the intermediary's efforts to contact an adoptee or former parent.
Disclosure by court
(d) When a court receives a report from an intermediary, the court may disclose to the adoptee or former parent, without revealing identifying information about the adoptee or any former parent:
(1) whether the intermediary advised the adoptee or former parent about the need for medical information; and
(2) medical information that the adoptee or former parent provided.
Compensation
(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a court may order an adoptee or former parent to pay a reasonable fee for the services of an intermediary under this section.

Credits

Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3A-41, MD FAMILY § 5-3A-41
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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