Arkansas Code Title 9. Family Law § 9-9-208. How consent is executed




(a) The required consent to adoption shall be executed at any time after the birth of the child and in the manner following:

(1) If by the individual to be adopted, in the presence of the court;

(2) If by an agency, by the executive head or other authorized representative, in the presence of a person authorized to take acknowledgments;

(3) If by any other person, in the presence of the court or in the presence of a person authorized to take acknowledgments;

(4) If by a court, by appropriate order or certificate.

(b) A consent which does not name or otherwise identify the adopting parent is valid if the consent contains a statement by the person whose consent it is that the person consenting voluntarily executed the consent irrespective of disclosure of the name or other identification of the adopting parent.

(c) If the parent is a minor, the writing shall be signed by a court-ordered guardian ad litem, who has been appointed by a judge of a court of record in this state to appear on behalf of the minor parent for the purpose of executing consent.  The signing shall be made in the presence of an authorized representative of the Arkansas licensed placement agency taking custody of the child, or in the presence of a notary public, or in the presence and with the approval of a judge of a court of record of this state or any other state in which the minor was present at the time it was signed.





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