What changes have been made to the Confidential Intermediary Program?
Effective 10/1/2010, new legislation has expand access to the current program. Services are now available to adoptees 18 years of age and older. If a birth parent is deceased, adult birth family members may now be contacted without a court order. CHS may now agree to act as a confidential intermediary for specified family members or a deceased adoptee or birth parent with the written consent of a living adoptee or birth parent. In addition, if a birth parent is deceased, CHS can attempt to secure a death certificate and deliver it to the person who requested services through the intermediary program.