A new state law goes into effect this summer that will allow Arkansas adoptees to request their adoption records. Birth parents will be able to offer contact information, redact names if they don't want to be contacted and update family medical information. Arkansas is one of thirty states that have unsealed adoption records in recent years.
The state's Safe Haven Law has been amended by the state legislature to include fire stations as safe havens. The law also allows the use of "baby boxes," secure hatches installed on the facades of first responder facilities for distressed mothers to anonymously and safely relinquish newborns.