B. The Tribunal may determine the appropriateness of a written contact and communication agreement after the adoption under paragraph A and in accordance with Article 1.1 (p. 63.2-1220.2 and following) of Title 63.2, Chapter 12, Title 63.2, as part of the procedure under Article 16.1-282.1, and the Court: all the requirements of Subsection A and Article 1.1 (No. 63.2-1220.2 and following) of Chapter 12 of Title 63.2 are met , the written contact and communication agreement after adoption is included in an order that was reached at the end of that hearing. goes. Code Ann. . 16.1-283.1 After adoption, contact agreements set clear contact limits. They will remove uncertainty for the parties as to when the birth parent could contact the adoptive parents and, for the birth parent, when an update might arrive. This helps to create a positive relationship and builds the trust inherent in any adoption. And since there are no restrictions on what can be included in a contact agreement after adoption (except in the best interests of the child), they can be very creative terms regarding contact. (e) In the event of a dispute over an agreement under this section, a court may refer the parties to mediation in an attempt to resolve the dispute.
2. Asks the jurisdiction of an adoptive parent to amend or terminate an agreement in accordance with this section: (a) there is a presumption that the amendment or termination is in the best interests of the child; and (b) the court may consider the wishes of the child participating in the agreement. one. The adoptive parents and the petitioner may agree to contact the parents and the petitioner or between the adoptive parent and one or more parents, or to contact the adoptive parent and the parents` parents. An agreement is in the best interests of the child when there is no finding to the contrary and is included in the adoption decree. The agreement may also include contact between siblings and the adoptive father on the basis of the finding that it is in the best interests of the adoptive child and siblings of the adoptive child, as well as the finding that the parents, legal guardians or custodians of the siblings have accepted the agreement. Contact may include the exchange of information or identification visits or non-identification between the parents or parents of the parents or siblings of the adoptive child and the petitioner or visit between the parents or parents of the parents or siblings of the adoptive child and the adoptive child. An agreement reached in accordance with this section is considered an open acceptance.