Maine Revised Statutes

§9-102. Definitions

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)

As used in this article, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings. [1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF).]

(a).    "Adoptee" means a person who will be or who has been adopted, regardless of whether the person is a child or an adult.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(b).    "Adoption services" means services related to adoptions, including but not limited to adoptive home studies, search services and adoption counseling services.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(c).    "Adult" means a person who is 18 years of age or older.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(d).    "Child" means a person who is under 18 years of age.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(e).    "Consent," used as a noun, means a voluntary agreement to an adoption by a specific petitioner that is executed by a parent or custodian of the adoptee.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(f).    "Department" means the Department of Health and Human Services.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF); 2003, c. 689, Pt. B, §6 (REV) .]
(g).    "Licensed child-placing agency" means an agency, person, group of persons, organization, association or society licensed to operate in this State pursuant to Title 22, chapter 1671.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(h). (TEXT EFFECTIVE UNTIL 7/1/16)   "Parent" means the legal parent or the legal guardian when no legal parent exists.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(h). (TEXT EFFECTIVE 7/1/16)   "Parent" means a person who:
(1). Has established a parent-child relationship with the child under Title 19-A, chapter 61; or [2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §5 (NEW); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).]
(2). When no person described in paragraph (1) exists, is the legal guardian of the child. [2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §5 (NEW); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).]
[ 2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §5 (AMD); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF) .]
(i).    "Petitioner" means a person filing a petition to adopt an adult or child, and includes both petitioners under a joint petition, except as otherwise provided.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(j).    "Putative father" means a man who is the alleged biological father of a child but whose paternity has not been legally established.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
(k).    "Surrender and release," used as a noun, means a voluntary relinquishment of all parental rights to a child to the department or a licensed child-placing agency for the purpose of placement for adoption.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1995, c. 694, §C7 (NEW). 1995, c. 694, §E2 (AFF). 2003, c. 689, §B6 (REV). 2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §5 (AMD). 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).