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Finding Birth Parents
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1. Get your Non-identifying information.
Many of the social service agencies and sometimes the main social service office of the state will release non-identifying information to the adoptee, the adoptive parents, and to the birthparents. This non-identifying information may or may not be extensive depending on the information that was recorded at the time of the birth and adoption. Each agency, governed by state law, agency policy and the individual workers judgment, releases what is considered appropriate and non-identifying. The following information has been quoted from a legal state document... Genetic and genealogical history...comprehensive report, when obtainable, on birthparents, siblings to birthparents, if any, other children of either birthparent, if any, and parents of the birthparents... the following is available:
It also may include:
2. Register in State and National Reunion Registries
Reunion Registries, also known as Mutual Consent Registries, are usually maintained by the state or private individuals. Basically the way in which a registry works is that each member of the adoption triad registers, hoping to be matched with someone else who might be searching for them.
3. If available, apply for a Confidential Intermediary (CI)
Many states and provinces have institued intermediary or search and consent systems. These require an individual (usually limited to adult adoptees or birthparents) to express a desire to have the state, an agency official or a trained, confidential intermediary search for and locate his/her birthparents or child. The CI is then given access to the complete court and/or agency file and, using the information contained in it, attempts to locate the individuals. If and when contact is made by the intermediary, the person found is given the option of allowing or refusing contact by the party searching. The CI then reports the results to the court; if the contact has been refused that ends the matter. If the person located agrees to contact, the court will authorize the CI to give the name and current address of the person sought to the adoptee or birthparent. Check with the state your adoption occured in as to the availability of an Intermediary System.
4. Send for hospital records.
Most states either have no statute or allow you to inspect and copy your hospital records.
5. Gather Available Documents
6. Contact Agency (private or state)
7. If no agency involved (first, check to see if the state department of social services holds records.)
8. Record or Log All Information Known From All Documents
9. Questions to Agency
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