Nebraska Revised Statute 43-146.17

Chapter 43 Section 146.17


Heir of adopted person; access to information; when; fee.

(1) Notwithstanding sections 43-119 to 43-146.16 and except as otherwise provided in this section, an heir twenty-one years of age or older of an adopted person shall have access to all information on file at the Department of Health and Human Services related to such adopted person, including information contained in the original birth certificate of the adopted person, if: (a)(i) The adopted person is deceased, (ii) both biological parents of the adopted person are deceased or, if only one biological parent is known, such parent is deceased, and (iii) each spouse of the biological parent or parents of the adopted person, if any, is deceased, if such spouse is not a biological parent; or (b) at least one hundred years has passed since the birth of the adopted person.

(2) The following information relating to an adopted person shall not be released to the heir of such person under this section: (a) Tests conducted for the human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; (b) the revocation of a license to practice medicine in the State of Nebraska; (c) child protective services reports or records; (d) adult protective services reports or records; (e) information from the central registry of child protection cases and the Adult Protective Services Central Registry; or (f) law enforcement investigative reports.

(3) The department shall provide a form that an heir of an adopted person may use to request information under this section. The department may charge a reasonable fee in an amount established by rules and regulations of the department to recover expenses incurred by the department in carrying out this section. Such fee may be waived if the requesting party shows that the fee would work an undue financial hardship on the party. When any information is provided to an heir of an adopted person under this section, the disclosure of such information shall be recorded in the records of the adopted person, including the nature of the information disclosed, to whom the information was disclosed, and the date of the disclosure.

(4) For purposes of this section, an heir of an adopted person means a direct biological descendent of such adopted person.

(5) The department may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out this section.