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Connecticut Paternity Law

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Sec17b-27 Voluntary paternity establishment program. Protocols. Regulations.

Voluntary acknowledgment of paternity system established by Department of Public Health. (a) Each hospital or other institution where births occur, and each entity that is approved by the Commissioner of Social Services to participate in the voluntary paternity establishment program, shall, with the assistance of the commissioner, develop a protocol for a voluntary paternity establishment program as provided in regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, which shall be consistent with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 46b-172 and shall encourage the positive involvement of both parents in the life of the child. Each such protocol shall assure that the participants are informed, are competent to understand and agree to an affirmation or acknowledgment of paternity, and that any such affirmation or acknowledgment is voluntary and free from coercion. Each such protocol shall also provide for the training of all staff members involved in the voluntary paternity establishment process so that such staff members will understand their obligations to implement the voluntary paternity establishment program in such a way that the participants are informed, are competent to understand and agree to an affirmation or acknowledgment of paternity, and that any such affirmation or acknowledgment is voluntary and free from coercion. No entity may participate in the program until its protocol has been approved by the commissioner. The commissioner shall make all protocols and proposed protocols available for public inspection. No entity or location at which all or a substantial portion of occupants are present involuntarily, including, but not limited to, a prison or a mental hospital, but excluding any site having a research and demonstration project established under subsection (d) of section 1 of public act 99-193*, may be approved for participation in the voluntary paternity establishment program; nor may the commissioner approve any further site for participation in the program if it maintains a coercive environment or if the failure to acknowledge paternity may result in the loss of benefits or services controlled by the entity, which are unrelated to paternity.

For additional and expanded information, please click on https://cga.ct.gov/2022/sup/chap_818.htm#sec_46b-505.

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