Find Your Adoption Record

An adoptee can begin her search for an adoption record even if she doesn’t know her birth parent’s name. A few states will open adoption records and give you the original birth certificate. Almost all allow release of some information from the closed record. This is called the non identifying personal information file. Names are redacted. No date of birth for the natural parents is provided. The biological mother’s biographical story may be included, and the circumstances surrounding the adoption and the child’s medical history. You can order this document from the adoption agency or the state. Contact the government agency in the state where you were adopted.

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