Missouri SB351 Modifies Provisions Relating to Adoption Records

Senator John Lamping of the State of Missouri was the sponsor of the above bill.  SB351 went into effect on August 28, 2011. The part of the bill that I am most interested in says

If a biological parent authorizes the release of information or if a biological parent is found to be deceased, the court shall disclose the identifying information as to that biological parent to the adopted adult so long as the other biological parent either:

-Is unknown

-Is known but cannot be found and notified

-Is deceased or

-Has filed with the court an affidavit authorizing the release of information. SECTION 453.121.7

In my case, both of my biological parents are deceased. I even went to the extent of hiring a Court Search Specialist to try and find them. She reported back to Rosalee Schottel of the Family Court Division of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri that my bio. parents are deceased.

Rosalee Schottel then sent me the following letter on June 6, 2011

So — under the new law, not the law quoted above — I have tried to obtain my sealed records from the State of Missouri and Ms. Schottel has continued to stand in the way. Even though she previously informed me that my parents are dead, now she wants original documents proving that they are dead. I don’t understand why I even have to send her anything as she had previously written me to inform me of their deaths. I don’t know what I am missing here, but there is a disconnect between Ms. Schottel’s office and the Senator’s legislation. I have forwarded a complaint about this to Senator Lamping, who sponsored the new bill and I am waiting to see if anything happens. And I’ve also sent a complaint to Ms. Schottel.

3 responses

  1. Mary Helen Allen | Reply

    We have been fighting several battles both with Rosalee and Laura. You need to contact Sen. Lamping’s assistant. Contact me and I will give you her information.

    Mary Helen Allen
    Search Angel
    Central MO Adoption Connection Triad.

    1. I was successful in obtaining all of my records. I received a big manila envelope containing copies of everything in my adoption file. The envelope was delivered the middle of December, 2012. But thank you for your concern.

  2. Mary Helen Allen | Reply

    Okay, I was the one who contacted Jennae Neustadt regarding your situation.

    MH Allen

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