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2018 legislative session.

Title 15A : Adoption Act

Chapter 002 : ADOPTION OF MINORS

Subchapter 004 : CONSENT TO AND RELINQUISHMENT FOR ADOPTION

(Cite as: 15A V.S.A. § 2-407)
  • § 2-407. Consequences of consent or relinquishment

    (a) Except under a circumstance stated in section 2-408 of this title, a consent to the adoption of a minor, which consent is executed by a parent or guardian in substantial compliance with sections 2-405 and 2-406 of this title, is final and irrevocable 21 days after execution, and:

    (1) unless a court orders otherwise to protect the welfare of the minor, entitles the prospective adoptive parent named or described in the consent to the legal and physical custody of the minor and imposes on that person responsibility for the support and medical and other care of the minor;

    (2) terminates any responsibility of a parent who executed the consent with respect to the minor, including child support (except for arrearages) upon filing the consent with the family division of the superior court that entered the child support order and notifying the office of child support; and

    (3) terminates any right of a parent or guardian who executed the consent to object to the minor's adoption by the prospective adoptive parent unless otherwise provided in the consent.

    (b) Except under a circumstance stated in section 2-409 of this title, a relinquishment of a minor to an agency executed in substantial compliance with sections 2-405 and 2-406 is final and irrevocable 21 days after it is executed, and:

    (1) unless a court orders otherwise to protect the welfare of the minor, entitles the agency to the legal custody of the minor until a decree of adoption becomes final;

    (2) empowers the agency to:

    (A) place the minor for adoption;

    (B) consent to the minor's adoption; and

    (C) delegate to a prospective adoptive parent responsibility for the support and medical and other care of the minor;

    (3) terminates any responsibility of the person who executed the relinquishment with respect to the minor, including child support (except for arrearages) upon filing the relinquishment with the family division of the superior court that entered the child support order notifying the office of child support; and

    (4) terminates any right of the person who executed the relinquishment to object to the minor's adoption and, unless otherwise provided in the relinquishment, any right to notice of the proceeding for adoption. (Added 1995, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2009, No. 154, § 238.)