Sealed Adoption Records

Once an adoption is finalized, all adoption records are sealed and filed with the State. This is true for nearly all states, which require various levels of consent from adoption parties before information from sealed adoption records can be accessed.

Adoptees' No. 1 reason for accessing sealed adoption records is to learn more about their medical history. Sometimes this involves search and reunion, to contact a birth relative and inquire about any conditions that may have developed in the parents or siblings since the adoption.

Depending on the kind of information someone is seeking from an adoption record, the state may release nonidentifying information to a requester without having to register with the state registry. This information may include, according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway: Date and place of the adoptee's birth, age of birth parents and a general physical description, race, ethnicity, religion and medical history of the birth parents, educational level and occupations of birth parents at the time of adoption, reason for placing the child and any siblings the child may have had.

Some adoptees may look to access their original birth certificate for search and reunion purposes. These are with the sealed adoption records, because a new birth certificate is made after an adoption is finalized. To retrieve this, an adoptee must sign-up with their state registry. Most states have a registry that works passively and require mutual consent be given from adoption parties before information is released. Other states may allow an agency to help with locating birth parents or adoptees.


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Dustin Creel - 3 weeks ago
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My fiance was adopted out of Catholic Charities in Sioux City, Iowa. Her birthdate is oct. 17, 1981. The adoption is closed and the parents signed an affidavit to not be known. However her youngest child is terminally ill and the medical records are needed. If I could get info or anything to help it would be greatly appreciated. The adoption decree said that she was known as baby girl Smith. #1
dustin creel - 3 weeks ago
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Sorry birthdate is oct. 14, 1981 #2
Sarah Maynor - 4 weeks ago
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I was adopted date of birth is July 08 1977 if my biological family is looking for me I'm in louisiana where I was born at woman's hospital wondering if I have siblings out there. Thank you #3
robin - 6 months ago
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i gave a child up for adoption,i do not know if it was a boy or girl,my child would be 42years old dob 6-3-1971.I turn 60 this year and really want to know if my child is alive and to let him or her know they were always in my heart.it was albany ga.i was 18 years old and not married.please help thank you #4
robert lexton mcpeake - 5 months ago
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trying to find my birth parents. birth date-3 -7-65 allegany pa.robert mcpeake md. #5
brenda - 6 months ago
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My sister was adopted when she was 4 months old never seen her don't know if she is dead or alive the rest of us solving want to know as well we need closer can u help she would be 46. Or 45 now born April 25 1966 we were raised in the children's home in Raleigh NC our mother passed away. In the 70 a lot of health issues. Have rising. To the surface a lot of children was being killed abused and abused back than I pray she wasn't one of them please help me please #6
Chris - 6 months ago
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Rights terminated for "unable" to protect kids, they were adopted, how can I go about contacting them #7
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