Links to Petition the Court to Unseal Adoption Records
In the State of Nevada, all adoption records filed with the Court are sealed and are confidential files. A court order is required to unseal these court records. Because of confidentiality, you will need to illustrate to the Court that you have just cause to unseal the adoption records; it is the judge’s discretion whether you have just cause to unseal these confidential records.
Link to Clark County 8th Judicial District Court’s Self-Help Center: http://www.familylawselfhelpcenter.org/images/forms/misc/unseal-adoption-packet-pdf.pdf
Link to Washoe County Second Judicial District Court’s Self-Help Center: https://www.washoecourts.com/Main/FormsAndPacketsUse the following path: Miscellaneous Forms; Ex Parte Motion to Open Adoption File (13th folder on list).
Link to State of Nevada “Self-Help Center” http://selfhelp.nvcourts.gov/ Use the following path to find your District Court: click on Find My Court, and on the right side bar, scroll down to find your District Court, click on Visit Site>>. This page provides contact information to inquire on their process to petition to unseal adoption records.
NRS 127.140: Confidentiality of Hearings, Files and Records
NRS 127.140 Confidentiality of Hearings, Files and Records*:
#2. The files and records of the court in adoption proceedings are not open to inspection by any person except:
(a) Upon an order of the court expressly so permitting pursuant to a petition setting forth the reasons therefor;
(b) If a natural parent and the child are eligible to receive information from the State Register for Adoptions; or
#6. The portions of the files and records which are made available for inspection by an adoptive parent, natural parent or sibling pursuant to subsection 3, 4 or 5 must not include any confidential information, including, without limitation, any information that identifies or would lead to the identification of a natural parent if the identity of the natural parent is not included in the agreement for post-adoptive contact or order for visitation, as applicable.
[14:332:1953] — (NRS A 1979, 1283; 2005, 1682; 2007, 2074; 2017, 1987)
*Subsections relevant to information that can be provided to Adoptees or Birth Parents
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