Placing a Child for Adoption

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stvshw
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Placing a Child for Adoption

Postby stvshw » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:12 pm

We have a single young lady that ended up placing her child for adoption. This child is a little older, and has already received a name and a blessing, as well as having a membership record created.

I've searched the handbooks, as well as the forum for adoption information, but as far as I could find, they only seem to address situations where the child was adopted to people already in the ward.

What should I do with the membership record of this child?

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Re: Placing a Child for Adoption

Postby eblood66 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:30 pm

stvshw wrote:We have a single young lady that ended up placing her child for adoption. This child is a little older, and has already received a name and a blessing, as well as having a membership record created.

I've searched the handbooks, as well as the forum for adoption information, but as far as I could find, they only seem to address situations where the child was adopted to people already in the ward.

What should I do with the membership record of this child?

I don't know of any written instructions or policy for this situation. I think you'll have to call LUS (or send them a message through MLS or use the Special Request option). MLS won't let you cancel the record unless there is a duplicate record or unless the person is 18 years old and unbaptized.

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Re: Placing a Child for Adoption

Postby lajackson » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:50 pm

stvshw wrote:What should I do with the membership record of this child?

The record should eventually arrive in the ward where the child will now reside. Local Unit Support can best help with that transfer. The new parents will have documents supporting the adoption so that the child can be added to their records, if they are members.

I wouldn't just send the records. LUS will be able to help to make sure any confidentiality and legal requirements are met. For example, the record should not just be sent if the adopting parents do not know the mother placing the child for adoption, because the current parent(s) would be on the membership record and the IOS.

I also think it would be good for the current bishop to contact the new bishop, whether or not the new parents are members.


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