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  • Alabama Adoption Code
    Adoption Code of Alabama 1975, Title 26, Chapter 10, Sections 26-10A-1 to 26-10A-38.

  • Alaska Adoption Code
    Alaska Statutes (1999), 25.23.005 to 25.23.240. For information on biological parents see Sections 18.50.500; 18.50.510.

  • Arizona Adoption Code
    Arizona Revised Statutes, Chapter 1, Article 1, Sections 8-101 to 8-135; 8-141 to 8-145; 8-161 to 8-166; 8-171 to 8-173.

  • Arkansas Adoption Code
    Family Law Title 9, Subtitle 2, Sections 9-9-101 to 9-9-103; 9-9-201 to 9-9-224; 9-9-301 to 9-9-303; 9-9-401 to 9-9-412; 9-9-501 to 9-9-508. Make sure to be in HTML and not JAVA to be able to read the code.

  • California Adoption Code
    California General Laws, Family Law Code, Sections 8500 to 8548. More adoption code is found here: 8600 to 9206; 9300 to 9340.

  • Colorado Adoption Code
    Title 19, Children's Code, Article 5 Sections 19-5-200.2 to 19-5-216; 19-5-301 to 19-5-306; 19-5-402 to 19-5-403 and 25-2-113.5.

  • Connecticut Adoption Code
    General Statutes of Connecticut (1998), Sections 45a-706 to 45a-770

  • Delaware Adoption Code
    Delaware Code, Title 13, Sections 901 to 932. See 961 to 965 for information on non-identifying information needed in adoption searches.

  • District of Columbia Adoption Code
    District of Columbia Code (1999), Division II, Title 16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters, Chapter 3, Sections 16-301 to 16-315.

  • Florida Adoption Code
    Florida Statutes (1998), Title VI, Chapter 63, Sections 63.012 to 63.301.

  • Georgia Adoption Code
    Georgia code, Sections 19-8-1 to 19-8-26.

  • Hawaii Adoption Code
    Hawaii Revised Statutes, Sections 578-1 to 578-17. Use the "next" button at the bottom of the page to browse through each section.

  • Idaho Adoption Code
    Idaho Statutes, Sections 16-1501 to 16-1515.

  • Illinois Adoption Code
    Illinois Compiled Statutes (1998), 750, 50/0.01 to 750, 50/24.

  • Indiana Adoption Code
    Indiana Code (1998), Sections 31-19-1-1 to 31-19-29-6.

  • Iowa Adoption Code
    Iowa Code (1998), Sections 600.1 to 600.25.

  • Kansas Adoption Code
    Kansas Statutes (1998), Chapter 59 in scroll down box, Article 21, Sections 59-2111 to 59-2144.

  • Kentucky Adoption Code
    Kentucky Revised Statutes (1998), Sections 199.470 to 199.590.

  • Louisiana Adoption Code
    Louisiana Revised Statues, Sections 40:72 to 40:79; Ch.C. Title XII, art. 1167 to 1278. Use the "next" link to move throughout the articles dealing with adoption.

  • Maine Adoption Code
    Maine Revised Statutes (1999), Title 18-A, Sections 9-101 to 9-108; 9-201 to 9-205; 9-301 to 9-315; 9-401 to 9-404; Title 22, Sections 2706-A; 2765; 4171 to 4176; 8201 to 8206

  • Maryland Adoption Code
    Maryland Statutes (1999) Family Law, Sections 5-301 to 5-330; 5-401 to 5-415; 5-4A-01 to 5-4A-08; 5-4B-01 to 5-4B-12; 5-4C-01 to 5-4C-07.

  • Massachusetts Adoption Code
    Massachusetts General Laws (1998), Chapter 210, Sections 1 to 11A.

  • Michigan Adoption Code
    Use the Michigan Compiled Laws search box to enter the articles you want to read. Adoption law is covered in Act 203 of 1994 Sections 722.951-722.960.

  • Minnesota Adoption Code
    Minnesota Statutes (1999), Sections 259.20 to 259.89.

  • Mississippi Adoption Code
    Mississippi Code of 1972 (1999), Sections 93-17-1 to 93-17-22.

  • Missouri Adoption Code
    Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 453, Sections 453.005 to 453.503.

  • Montana Adoption Code
    Montana Code Annotated 1999, Sections 42-1-101 to 42-8-108; 42-10-101 to 42-10-128.

  • Nebraska Adoption Code
    Nebraska Revised Statutes, Sections 43-101 to 43-165.

  • Nevada Adoption Code
    Nevada Revised Statutes (1999), Sections 127.003 to 127.186; 127.220 to 127.420.

  • New Hampshire Adoption Code
    New Hampshire Revised Statutes (1999), Sections 170-B:1 to 170-B:26.

  • New Jersey Adoption Code
    New Jersey Revised Statutes (1999), Sections 9:3-38 to 9:3-55.

  • New Mexico Adoption Code
    New Mexico Statutes (1999), Statutory Chapters in New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978, Chapter 32A, Article 5, Sections 32A-5-1 to 32A-5-45.

  • New York Adoption Code
    New York State Consolidated Laws, Domestic Relations Chapter 14, Article 7, Title 1-4; Social Services Chapter 55, Article 6, Title 1, Sections 372-374a; Public Health Chapter 45, Article 41, Title 3, Section 4138.

  • North Carolina Adoption Code
    North Carolina General Statutes (1999), Sections 48-1-100 to 48-4-105; 48-6-100 to 48-6-102; 48-9-101 to 48-10-105.

  • North Dakota Adoption Code
    North Dakota Century Code (1999), Sections 14-15-01 to 14-15-23.

  • Ohio Adoption Code
    Go to Ohio Revised Code (1999), Title XXXI Domestic Relations, Adoption, Sections 3107.01 to 3107.99.

  • Oklahoma Adoption Code
    Oklahoma Statutes Annotated (1999), Title 10, Sections 7501-1.1 to 7506-1.2; 7509-1.1 to 7510-3.3.

  • Oregon Adoption Code
    Oregon Revised Statutes (1999), Sections 109.304 to 109.507; 432.425 to 432.420.

  • Pennsylvania Adoption Code
    Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (1999), Title 23, Sections 2101 to 2910.

  • Rhode Island Adoption Code
    General Laws of Rhode Island (1999), Sections 15-7-2 to 15-7-26; 15-7.1-1 to 15-7.1-4; 15-7.2-1 to 15-7.2-15.

  • South Carolina Adoption Code
    Code of Laws of South Carolina (2011), Title 63, Chapter 9.

  • South Dakota Adoption Code
    Go to Title List, Title 25 - Domestic Relations, Chapter 6, Sections 25-6-1 to 25-6-23; 25-6A-1 to 25-6A-14.

  • Tennessee Adoption Code
    Go to Legislation, Tennessee Code, Title 71, Chapter 3, Sections 36-1-102 to 36-1-305.

  • Texas Adoption Code
    Texas Family Code (1999), Title 5, Chapter 162, Sections 162.001 to 162.025; 162.101 to 162.107; 162.201 to 162.206; 162.301 to 162.309; 162.401 to 162.422.

  • Utah Adoption Code
    Utah Code Annotated, Sections 78-30-1 to 78-30-19.

  • Vermont Adoption Code
    Vermont Statutes (1999), Title 15A, Sections 1-101 to 4-113; 6-102 to 7-105.

  • Virginia Adoption Code
    Go to Code of Virginia, Table of Contents, Title 63, Chapter 12, 63.2-1200 to 63.2-1248.

  • Washington Adoption Code
    Revised Code of Washington(RCW), Sections 26.33.020 to 26.33.901; 26.34.010 to 26.34.080.

  • West Virginia Adoption Code
    West Virginia Code (1999), Chapter 48 Sections 48-22-501 to 48-23-701.

  • Wisconsin Adoption Code
    Chapter 48, Sections 48.40 to 48.975.

  • Wyoming Adoption Code
    Wyoming Statutes (1999), Sections 1-22-101 to 1-22-203.

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