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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-3



Amendments to the Orphan's Court Rules; 01-02100

[32 Pa.B. 10]


   And Now, this 3rd day of December, 2001 , it is hereby Ordered and Directed as follows:

   1.  Lycoming County Orphan's Court Rules L7.1, L7.1 and L15.1 are rescinded.

   2.  Lycoming County Orphan's Court Rules L15.8 and L17.7 are revised as indicated.

   3.  The Clerk of the Orphan's Court is directed to:

   a. File seven (7) certified copies of this order with the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts.

   b.  Forward two (2) certified copies of this order to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   c.  Forward one (1) copy of this order to the Lycoming Reporter for publication therein.

   d.  Forward one (1) copy to the chairperson of the Lycoming County Customs and Rules Committee.

   e.  Keep continuously available for public inspection copies of this order.

   4.  The rule revisions approved by this order shall become effective 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

L15.8.  Proposed Findings and Decree.

   B.  The petitioner shall attach a proposed decree to the proposed findings required by subsection A of this rule. If parental rights have previously been terminated, the decree shall be in the form set forth in Lyc. Co. O.C.R. L17.6. If parental rights are to be terminated at the time of the adoption, the decree shall be in the form [of a decree nisi as] set forth in Lyc. Co. O.C.R. L17.7.

L17.7.  Decree Nisi in an Adoption.

   The decree [nisi] to be submitted to the court where parental rights are to be terminated at the time of the adoption, required by Lyc. Co. O.C.R. L15.8B, shall be in the following form:



   AND NOW, this ____ day of ______ , [19] 20 ____ , after hearing on the petition filed,


   (1)  That the parental rights of ______ be and hereby are terminated;

   (2)  That the welfare of ______ will be promoted by the adoption; that all requirements of the Adoption Act have been met; that the adoptee shall have all the rights of a child and heir of ______  and ______ and shall be subject to the duties of a child of the petitioners; and that the child shall hereafter by known as ______.

   [ A copy of this adjudication shall be served upon the person whose parental rights are terminated, along with a notice informing that person of the right to file exceptions to this adjudication within ten (10) days of notice of filing of the adjudication. If no exceptions are filed within the ten day period, the Clerk of the Orphans' Court shall, upon praecipe, enter this decree nisi as the final decree.]

Notice to the Natural Father and Natural Mother

Pennsylvania Adoption Medical History Registry

   This is to inform you about an adoption law provision relating to medical history information. As the birth parent of a Pennsylvania born child who is being or was ever adopted in the past, you have the opportunity to voluntarily place on file medical history information. The information that you choose to provide could be important to the child's present and future medical care needs. The law makes it possible for you to file current medical information and it also allows you to update the information as new medically related information becomes available. Requests to release the information will be honored if the request is submitted by a birth child 18 years of age or older. The law also permits the court to honor requests for information submitted by the adoptive parents or legal guardians of adoptees who are not yet 18 years of age. All information will be maintained and distributed in a manner that fully protects your right to privacy.

   You may obtain the appropriate form to file medical history information by contacting the Adoption Medical History Registry. Members of the registry staff are available to answer your questions. Please contact the registry staff at:

Department of Public Welfare
Adoption Medical History Registry
Hillcrest, Second Floor, P. O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675
Telephone: 1-800-227-0225

   Medical history information forms may also be obtained locally by contacting one of the following agencies:

County Children and Youth Social Service Agency
Any private licensed adoption agency
The Lycoming County Register and Recorder's Office




[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-3. Filed for public inspection January 4, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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