Free Adoption Records

Free adoption records is a term that works two-fold. In adoptee activism, "free adoption records" is a sought-after goal for adoptees in 44 states that keep tight reign on certain adoption records, like birth certificates. Free adoption is also a term used synonymously with public or state adoption. Free adoption records are no different than other adoption records. All adoption records are filed with the state, however, some agencies that facilitated an adoption may have a copy and be able to help with reuniting adoption parties. This isn't the case with free adoption records.

Most states will allow nonidentifying information to be released to an inquiring party with very little paperwork and petitioning. Nonidentifying information will include basic health information and descriptive information on a birth relative. Other states require different levels of voluntary and mutual consent before identifying information is revealed. Certain documents, like pre-adoption birth certificates or the names of an adoptees birth parents are more difficult to retrieve and many states require enrollment and facilitation by a state registry for identifying information.

There are only six states that allow adoptees to access original birth certificates - a hotly contested issue by some adoptees who feel discriminated against and that it's their right to have "open record" rights regardless of their state of adoption, which they feel is out of their control and chosen for, not by, them. Only 10 percent of American adoptees have the opportunity to access their birth certificates freely, according to the Adoptee Rights Coalition.


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MARY - 6 months ago
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My son was born Sept. 6,1970.Would love for a reunion with him as he has been in my thoughts and in my prayers forever since that day.I pray before I die I will have this opportunity to meet him and to see what a fine young man he grew up to be. BY Mary. #1
Kayley - 6 months ago
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I was adopted from Saint Petersburg, Russia and was born 1999. I know little about my birth parents besides my mothers potential first and last name. Latonya Bogdanova, if in fact that's how you spell it. I would really appreciate a free way to see a picture, birthdate, or profile of any sort. #2
Charles - 1 month ago
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I was born on Dec.05, 1938 in Alamo, Crockett county Tennessee civil district 7 RFD 1 and was adopted 3 days later. It wasn´t through an adoption agency.I have a birth certificate #54711 from the state of Tennessee that states that my adopted parents are my blood parents are my real parents, which is a lie.The attendant´s signature is J J Wright MD. Is there any way that I can find out what my blood parent´s family name is. I don´t want to contact them but I would like to know the name to have some kind of heritage.For Southern people it is very important. #3
MightyMichael - 2 days ago
I am looking for my son that was born MightyMichael Allen Reid III, born on 04/22/1994 in Muncie, IN at Ball Memorial Hospital. I know that his name has been changed and not sure to what it is now, Not even sure if he is still in the Muncie area. I have thought about him from the time he was adopted until now and do every day. I hope to one day get to meet him and get to know him. #4
Jenny - 1 month ago
I was adopted 2001. I believe my birth mothers first name was Courtney kempert. I can't find any records for either of us. I would really like to find her because we need medical records to learn about potential family past of a rare childhood cancer that I found out I have #5
frank - 2 weeks ago
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I am trying to find my son ALAN born 29/03/1982. Last I heard he was living in Ashton in Makerfield. I would be grateful if anyone could help. #6
Gary - 2 months ago
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I was born whittier California on August 9th, 1960 adopted by William and Grace Rizzotto at birth and have a brother who also was adopted by William and Grace Rizzotto in 1959 at birth. Looking for any medical history. All my adopted parents would tell me that they got me from a baby hospital and they have both passed so I can't get anymore info thru them. #7
Kimberly lee - 3 weeks ago
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I am looking for my bother or sister who was born a day before me. I found a picture of her/hI'm with my mom on August 15th 1995 but she won't give me any answers to who it is so I want to try N find him/here #8
Mary - 3 months ago
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I am trying to find more information about my back ground and my family. I was adopted from Russia back in 1996. I am wondering if anyone knows were I should start to look....my folks wont give me any of my Russian passport or birth certificate, anyone have any ideas? #9
Angel - 1 month ago
My name is Angel and I'm looking for my sister and 2 brothers there mother name is Cynthia Edwards I'm lookin for ebony Aaron and Brandon #10
MICHAEL - 3 months ago
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I WAS TOLD MOTHER WAS FORCE TO GIVE UP HER BABY BOY AT BIRTH 06/21/59 TO THE NUNS IN BUFFALO NY. [IM NOT MAD] PLEASE CONTACT ME ON FACEBOOK I WAS ADOPTED 1961 IM NA ADOPTEE WITH NON RIGHT TO KNOW WHON I AM ADOPTED PARENTS WERE GREAT TO ME MY HOLE LIFE. CONTACT ME IM NOT MAD PLEASE #11
Roxann - 9 months ago
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A friend of mine has been searching for her brother. His name at birth was Nicholas Lynn Nissen (or Skillman) be was born October 26,1978 in a Pittsburgh Hospital. His birth parents are Lyman Skillman and Margaret Nissen. If anyone has any info they think will help please look me up on facebook Roxann Cokely. Thank you for your time! #12
Jackie - 1 month ago
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My son was born September 2, 1994. You were born at Providence Hospital, Southfield Michigan. So much to tell you and explain to you. Your birth name was Justin Zachary, and adopted name of Bradley Louis. Your adoptive parents are Jeff #13
Jason - 2 months ago
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I am searching for my maternal grandparents. My father was born in October of 1956 in Saginaw Michigan. His maternal father was either a band director or orchestra? #14
Eric - 4 months ago
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looking for my son #15
Teresa - 4 months ago
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I was adopted in Chicago, IL in July of 1955. According to my records, my birth father was Carman E. Riley (about 22 years old) and my birth mother was Eleanor Riley (about 21 years old). My birth name was Vicki Mae Riley. According to Catholic Services they were not getting along and contemplating divorce. I would appreciate any information. Thank you. #16
Susan - 5 months ago
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I am looking for twins that were born to my aunt, Ruth Haley, in Brooklyn, NY in the late 30's or early 40's. Their father was a judge and my aunt a legal assistant. That generation is gone and there a re a lot of cousins who would love to meet you. Believe they were adopted in New Jersey. Get in touch please... #17
Heidi Gibson - 3 months ago
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born nov,7,1974,in charlston sc and was adopted the same day I was born I long to know my mother.i was told her name is Mary Phillips. I want to know were I come from #18
andy molina alexander - 9 months ago
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looking for info on birth mother father any family what adoption agency or state or any info on me #19
Lucy - 3 months ago
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Male adoptee born May 1969 Los Angeles County California. ISO birth family #20
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