§ 15-7-10 Consent of minor parents. (a) For the purposes of this section, "minor" refers to an individual under the age of eighteen (18).
(b) No minor parent may give a binding consent to any
adoption petition or to any termination of rights pursuant to § 15-7-6
except with the consent of one of the parents, guardian, or guardian ad litem
of the minor parent; provided, that if the whereabouts of both of the parents
of the minor parent are unknown, that fact shall be sworn to by the petitioners
or an unauthorized officer or official of a duly licensed child placement
agency or of a governmental child placement agency; after notice in accordance
with § 15-7-9 and upon finding that the granting of the petition for
adoption or the termination of rights is in the best interest of the child, the
family court may grant the petition.
(G.L. 1938, ch. 420, § 6; P.L. 1955, ch. 3483, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 15-7-10; P.L. 1963, ch. 94, § 1; P.L. 1966, ch. 252, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 132, § 1.)