Here at AdoptMatch, we believe that honest and thorough communication about post-adoption contact is crucial to a successful adoption plan and should ideally happen well before baby arrives. In order to protect the relationship between the birth parents and adoptive parents, whatever is agreed upon should be written down within a Post-Adoption Contact Agreement and filed with the court, whenever possible. Doing so gives everyone the chance to reference promises that were made for years to come and to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings.
Depending on your state these agreements are either enforceable or not enforceable. There are also a handful of states that remain silent on this topic. Here is the breakdown:
States where Post-Adoption Contact Agreements are enforceable:
District of Columbia
States where Post-Adoption Contact Agreements are NOT enforceable:
The below state’s statutes are silent on the issue of whether Post-Adoption Contact Agreements are enforceable or not:
Remember, state laws change frequently so be sure to consult with an adoption professional, preferably your own lawyer, about your state’s current law on Post-Adoption Contact Agreements. If you have questions regarding your state of residence’s stance on this topic, follow this link to find out where to contact your state representatives https://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep_house