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North Carolina General Statutes
Chapter 48: Adoptions.

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G.S. 48-1 through 48-38§§ 48-1 through 48-38: Repealed by Session Laws 1995, c. 457, s. 1.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 1 - General Provisions. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-100§ 48-1-100. Legislative findings and intent; construction of Chapter.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-101§ 48-1-101. Definitions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-102§ 48-1-102. Parent includes adoptive parent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-103§ 48-1-103. Who may adopt.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-104§ 48-1-104. Who may be adopted.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-105§ 48-1-105. Name of adoptee after adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-106§ 48-1-106. Legal effect of decree of adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-107§ 48-1-107. Other rights of adoptee.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-108§ 48-1-108. Adoptees subject to Indian Child Welfare Act.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-108.1§ 48-1-108.1. Adoptees subject to the Hague Adoption Convention.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-109§ 48-1-109. Which agencies may prepare assessments and reports to the court.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-1-110§ 48-1-110. Support for adoptive families at risk of dissolution.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 2 - General Adoption Procedure. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-100§ 48-2-100. Jurisdiction.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-101§ 48-2-101. Venue.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-102§ 48-2-102. Transfer, stay, or dismissal.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-201§ 48-2-201. Appointment of attorney or guardian ad litem.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-202§ 48-2-202. No right to jury.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-203§ 48-2-203. Confidentiality of proceedings under Chapter.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-204§ 48-2-204. Death of a joint petitioner or stepparent pending final decree.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-205§ 48-2-205. Recognition of adoption decrees from other jurisdictions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-206§ 48-2-206. Prebirth determination of right to consent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-207§ 48-2-207. Necessity of consent post-petition.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-301§ 48-2-301. Petition for adoption; who may file.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-302§ 48-2-302. Concurrent petitions to adopt and terminate parental rights.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-303§ 48-2-303. Caption of petition for adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-304§ 48-2-304. Petition for adoption; content.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-305§ 48-2-305. Petition for adoption; additional documents.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-306§ 48-2-306. Omission of required information.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-401§ 48-2-401. Notice by petitioner.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-402§ 48-2-402. Manner of service.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-403§ 48-2-403. Notice of proceedings by clerk.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-404§ 48-2-404. Notice of proceedings by court to alleged father.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-405§ 48-2-405. Rights of persons entitled to notice.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-406§ 48-2-406. Waiver of notice; effect.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-407§ 48-2-407. Filing proof of service.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-501§ 48-2-501. Report to the court during proceeding for adoption of a minor.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-502§ 48-2-502. Preparation and content of report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-503§ 48-2-503. Timing and filing of report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-504§ 48-2-504. Fee for report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-601§ 48-2-601. Hearing on, or disposition of, adoption petition; transfer of adoption proceeding; timing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-602§ 48-2-602. Disclosure of fees and charges.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-603§ 48-2-603. Hearing on, or disposition of, petition to adopt a minor.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-604§ 48-2-604. Denying petition to adopt a minor.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-605§ 48-2-605. Hearing on petition to adopt an adult.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-606§ 48-2-606. Decree of adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-2-607§ 48-2-607. Appeals.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 3 - Adoption of Minors. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-100§ 48-3-100. Application of Article.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-201§ 48-3-201. Who may place minors for adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-202§ 48-3-202. Direct placement for adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-203§ 48-3-203. Agency placement adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-204§ 48-3-204. Recruitment of adoptive parents.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-205§ 48-3-205. Disclosure of background information.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-206§ 48-3-206. Affidavit of parentage.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-207§ 48-3-207. Interstate placements.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-301§ 48-3-301. Preplacement assessment required.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-302§ 48-3-302. Request for preplacement assessment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-303§ 48-3-303. Content and timing of preplacement assessment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-304§ 48-3-304. Fees for preplacement assessment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-305§ 48-3-305. Agency disposition of preplacement assessments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-306§ 48-3-306. Favorable preplacement assessments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-307§ 48-3-307. Assessments completed after placement.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-308§ 48-3-308. Response to unfavorable preplacement assessment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-309§ 48-3-309. Mandatory preplacement criminal checks of prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a minor who is in the custody or placement responsibility of a county department of social services and mandatory preplacement criminal checks of all individuals 18 years of age or older who reside in the prospective adoptive home.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-401§ 48-3-401. "Health care facility" and "attending practitioner" defined.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-402§ 48-3-402. Authorization required to transfer physical custody.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-501§ 48-3-501. Petitioner entitled to custody in direct placement adoptions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-502§ 48-3-502. Agency entitled to custody in placement by agency.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-601§ 48-3-601. Persons whose consent to adoption is required.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-602§ 48-3-602. Consent of incompetent parents.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-603§ 48-3-603. Persons whose consent is not required.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-604§ 48-3-604. Execution of consent: timing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-605§ 48-3-605. Execution of consent: procedures.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-606§ 48-3-606. Content of consent; mandatory provisions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-607§ 48-3-607. Consequences of consent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-608§ 48-3-608. Revocation of consent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-609§ 48-3-609. Challenges to validity of consent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-610§ 48-3-610. Collateral agreements.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-701§ 48-3-701. Individuals who may relinquish minor; timing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-702§ 48-3-702. Procedures for relinquishment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-703§ 48-3-703. Content of relinquishment; mandatory provisions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-704§ 48-3-704. Content of relinquishment; optional provisions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-705§ 48-3-705. Consequences of relinquishment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-706§ 48-3-706. Revocation of relinquishments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-3-707§ 48-3-707. Challenges to validity of relinquishments.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 4 - Adoption of a Minor Stepchild by Stepparent. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-4-100§ 48-4-100. Application of Article.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-4-101§ 48-4-101. Who may file a petition to adopt a minor stepchild.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-4-102§ 48-4-102. Consent to adoption of stepchild.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-4-103§ 48-4-103. Execution and content of consent to adoption by stepparent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-4-104§ 48-4-104: Repealed by Session Laws 1997-215, s. 12(b).[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-4-105§ 48-4-105. Visitation awards to grandparents pursuant to Chapter 50 of the General Statutes.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 5 - Adoption of Adults. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-5-100§ 48-5-100. Application of Article.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-5-101§ 48-5-101. Who may file for a petition to adopt an adult.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-5-102§ 48-5-102. Consent to adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-5-103§ 48-5-103. Adoption of incompetent adults.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 6 - Adoption by a Former Parent. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-6-100§ 48-6-100. Application of Article.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-6-101§ 48-6-101. Readoption under other Articles.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-6-102§ 48-6-102. Readoption after a stepparent adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 9 - Confidentiality of Records and Disclosure of Information. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-101§ 48-9-101. Records defined.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-102§ 48-9-102. Records confidential and sealed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-103§ 48-9-103. Release of nonidentifying information.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-104§ 48-9-104. Release of identifying information; confidential intermediary services.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-105§ 48-9-105. Action for release of identifying and other nonidentifying information.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-106§ 48-9-106. Release of original certificate of birth.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-107§ 48-9-107. New birth certificates.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-108§ 48-9-108. Restoration of original birth certificates if a decree of adoption is set aside.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-9-109§ 48-9-109. Certain disclosures authorized.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 10 - Prohibited Practices in Connection with Adoption. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-10-101§ 48-10-101. Prohibited activities in placement.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-10-102§ 48-10-102. Unlawful payments related to adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-10-103§ 48-10-103. Lawful payments related to adoption.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-10-104§ 48-10-104. Failure to disclose nonidentifying information.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 48-10-105§ 48-10-105. Unauthorized disclosure of information.[HTML] [RTF]

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