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.


Confidentiality and Sealed Adoption Records 22. 533-553 23. 553-570 XII. Post-Adoption Contact 24. 571-610 XIII. Changing Status of Adoptions.

Confidentiality and Sealed Adoption Records 22. 533-553 23. 553-570 XII. Post-Adoption Contact 24. 571-610 XIII. Changing Status of Adoptions.

Confidentiality and Sealed Adoption Records 22. 533-553 23. 553-570 XII. Post-Adoption Contact 24. 571-610 XIII. Changing Status of Adoptions 25. 611-636 XIV. Attorney

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Jekhima Smith - 4 weeks ago
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I'm looking for my sister Tiesha. Her middle name is Denise and her real last name is Smith. I don't know what her adopted last name is and i don't know where she is or really who she is but I really would like to meet her. She is black and everybody says when she was a child she had green eyes. She was born August 6th, 1993. She will be 21 this year. Her birth mother is Renee Williams and her birth father's name is George Smith. I'm her youngest sister and I really want to find her so I can be the little sister that I was supposed to be if she wasn't put up for adoption. She has a small cranium and a history of health records. Can ANYBODY help me find my sister?\ I don't know where she is! I don't even know if she is dead or alive!!! #1
Nancy - 3 weeks ago
I was born on June 21, 1974 and adopted on or around July 9, 1974 in Souix City, Iowa..i am looking for any information reguarding birth parents or siblings, and medical history. I have NO information at all and am having problems accessing records. Plz help me out with any information. Thank you #2
Jessie - 1 week ago
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I am a female born 05/03/1977 in North Carolina. looking for birth family. #3
Dustin Creel - 4 months ago
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. #4
Jennifer - 1 month ago
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I was adopted in Lafayette Indiana my birthdate is March 14,1971 trying to find any living relatives #5
Deandra - 3 months ago
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My mom was adopted at birth in 1963 and I want to know how to recover her medical history...if someone can please guide me in the right direction I would be very grateful. #6
robin - 9 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 #7
Sarah Maynor - 4 months ago
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 #8
robert lexton mcpeake - 8 months ago
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trying to find my birth parents. birth date-3 -7-65 allegany pa.robert mcpeake md. #9
dustin creel - 4 months ago
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Sorry birthdate is oct. 14, 1981 #10
brenda - 10 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 #11
Chris - 10 months ago
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Rights terminated for "unable" to protect kids, they were adopted, how can I go about contacting them #12
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