338-7 Registration of foundlings; foundling report. (a) Whoever assumes the custody of a living child of unknown parentage shall immediately report, on a form to be approved by the department of health, to the local agent of the department the following:

(1) Date and place of finding or assumption of custody;

(2) Sex;

(3) Color or race;

(4) Approximate age of child;

(5) Name and address of the person or institution with whom the child has been placed for care;

(6) Name given to the child by the finder or custodian.

(b) The place where the child was found or custody assumed shall be known as the place of birth, and the date of birth shall be determined by approximation.

(c) The foundling report shall constitute the certificate of birth.

(d) If a foundling child is identified and a regular certificate of birth is found or obtained, the report shall be sealed and filed and may be opened only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. [L 1949, c 327, 11; RL 1955, 57-10; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, 19; HRS 338-7]

 

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