When Can an Adopted Child Communicate with their Biological Parents?
In the course of an adoption, a child’s biological parents surrender all of their rights as a parent to the adoptive parents. Once the relinquishment affidavit and related waivers are signed, the child is legally given up to the adopted parents. However, as the child grows older, they may want to speak with their biological parents. Depending on the circumstances of the adoption and the child’s situation, this may be possible.
Communication Rights and Restrictions
There are certain rights and restrictions in place when it comes to birthparents attempting to reach out to their adopted children. Generally speaking, this communication should only legally occur under the following circumstances:
- If, in a trust agreement, the biological and adoptive parents allow for communication at any time
- If the biological parents receive consent from the adoptive parents through a voluntary parental registry
- Once the child reaches adulthood, they are free to take whatever actions they want
In some cases, adoptive and biological parents sign what is known as a trust agreement limiting communication for the sake of the child. If either party violates these agreements, there may be serious consequences.
If you’re considering drawing up a trust agreement or have had a parent violate a trust agreement, you may want to further discuss your legal options with a qualified attorney from Alexander & Associates. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call 817-756-4040 today and learn more about your legal options in this situation.