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Code of Virginia
Title 32.1. Health
Chapter 7. Vital Records
3/4/2021

§ 32.1-258. Report of foundling; constitutes birth certificate.

A. Whoever assumes the custody of a living infant of unknown parentage shall report on a form and in the manner prescribed by the Board within seven days to the registrar of the county or city in which such child was found, the following information:

1. The date and place of finding;

2. Sex, race and approximate birth date of such child;

3. Name and address of the persons or institution with whom such child has been placed for care;

4. Name given to such child by the custodian of the child; and

5. Such other data as may be required by the Board.

B. The place where such child was found shall be entered as the place of birth.

C. A report registered under this section shall constitute the certificate of birth for such infant.

D. If such child is identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, any report registered under this section shall be sealed and filed and may be opened only by order of a circuit court of the Commonwealth or in accordance with subdivision A 7 of § 32.1-252.

Code 1950, § 32-353.16; 1960, c. 451; 1979, c. 711; 1983, c. 240.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.