Wyoming Relinquishment, Consent, Revocation laws

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Relinquishment - Consent - Time to Revoke


Who Must Consent:

  • Both parents, if living.
  • Mother and putative father, if known.
  • Legal guardian.
  • The head of the agency to which the child has been relinquished.
  • Legal custodian.
  • The guardian of any parent adjudged mentally incompetent.

Consent of Adoptee:

A child 14 years or older must consent to the adoption.

When Parental Consent is Not Needed:

  • When parent fails to respond to notice.
  • Parental rights have been terminated.
  • Parent has abandoned the child or been adjudged guilty of child abuse or neglect.
  • Child was conceived as a result of rape or incest for which the father was convicted.
  • Parent fails to meet support obligation.
  • A putative father fails to acknowledge paternity.

When Relinquishment Can Be Signed:

  • Consent shall be executed any time after the child's birth.
  • Written relinquishment of custody and written consent are required; both may be included in the same document.

How Relinquishment Must Be Signed:

  • Consent may be acknowledged by an authorized person or representative of the department or the agency to whom custody is being relinquished.
  • It may also be approved by the court.

Time for Revocation:

  • Consent irrevocable unless obtained by fraud or duress.
  • If the court should deny the adoption due to claim of putative father, the court may allow mother to withdraw consent.

Adapted from materials prepared by the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.

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