CHAPTER 343

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 362

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FOREIGN ADOPTIONS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend Section 927 of Title 13 of the Delaware Code by deleting subsection (c) in its entirety and replacing thereto with a new subsection (c) as follows:

“(c) Adoptive parents seeking an order certifying the validity of their foreign adoption decree shall file the decree with Family Court in the county in which they reside. An affidavit shall be filed with the decree indicating that the decree was issued in accordance with the laws of the issuing jurisdiction and that the adopted child was not brought into Delaware until the adoption was finalized. Also, included in the affidavit shall be the name by which the child is henceforth to be known. The Court shall review the affidavit, decree and other documents, and if the adoption meets the requirements of this Section, the Court shall issue an order certifying the validity of the adoption including the child’s American name.”

Section 2. Any affidavit filed pursuant to §927(c) of Title 13 may be amended to include the child's American name where the petition has not yet resulted in an order certifying the validity of the adoption as of the enactment of this Act into law.

Approved June 30, 2002