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States With Open Adoption Records

States With Open Adoption Records (updated 10/09/2014)

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There are several states that have open adoption records.  In these states, an adult adoptee can get an original birth certificate and in some instances more adoption record information. If you are an adoptee looking for your birth parents in an open adoption records state, please request your open adoption records.  However, when you obtain your original birth records, your search might still be difficult.  Having information such as your birth mother’s maiden name and perhaps her old address is a great start, but you will still need to get her current name and address information.  Your birth mother might have changed her name several times, or she might not live in the state where you were adopted.

If you need help with your search, please contact OmniTrace! Here is a list of states where adoption records for all or some years are open.  In some states, birth parents can sign a no-contact veto:

  • Alabama – Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Alaska – Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Colorado – Adoptions records are open for adoptees whose adoptions were  finalized between 07/01/1951 to 06/30/1967 and 09/01/1999 to present. All adoption records will open (original birth certificates available) on 01/01/2016.
  • Connecticut – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 10/01/1983. OmniTrace has all the forms.
  • Delaware – Adoption records are open.  Birth parents can sign a no contact veto.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Illinois - Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Indiana – Adoption records prior to 1940 may be open.  OmniTrace is currently investigating how to request the original birth certificate.
  • Iowa – Adoption records are open prior to 07/01/1941. OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Kansas – Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Maine – Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace will obtain the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Maryland – Most adoption records prior to 06/01/1947 are open.
  • Massachusetts – Adoption records are open for birth years prior to 4/14/1974. OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Michigan – Adoption records are open if the birth parent’s rights were terminated prior to 05/28/1945 or on or after 09/12/1980. We have the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Minnesota – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 8/1/1982.
  • Montana – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized prior to 7/1/1967.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • New Hampshire – Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • New Jersey – Adoption Records (original birth certificate) will be open (FINALLY) 01/01/2017.
  • Ohio – Adoption records are open. OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Oklahoma – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 11/01/1997. OmniTrace has all the forms.
  • Oregon – Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Rhode Island - Adoption records are open.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Tennessee – Adoption records are open.  No-contact vetos are available to birth parents if the adoption was finalized after 1951.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • Vermont – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 07/01/1986. OmniTrace has all the forms.
  • Washington – Adoption records are open. OmniTrace has all the necessary forms.

Canada:

  • Alberta – Open. Contact OmniTrace.
  • British Columbia – Open. Contact OmniTrace
  • Newfoundland – Open. Contact OmniTrace
  • Ontario – Open. Contact OmniTrace
  • Manitoba – Opening 2015. Contact OmniTrace.
  • New Brunswick – Opening soon. Contact OmniTrace.

Changes coming soon:

  • Colorado – Access to original birth certificates as of 01/01/2016 for all birth years. 
  • New Jersey – Access to Original Birth Certificates beginning 01/01/2017

Please note, if you were born in a state that does not have open adoption records, don’t be discouraged. OmniTrace has many ways to solve birth parent searches involving closed record states.  In fact, some of our best states for searching are closed record states. Also, there is pending legislation in a number of  states where adoption records may become open.

OmniTrace takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the above information.  If anyone reads any inaccuracies with any of the information provided in this post, please let us know and we will make the appropriate changes.  Thanks so much! Please write or call us if you have any questions about obtaining your open adoption records.

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  1. Joey says:

    I am looking for my birth parents. I was born on January 27, 1980 at Christ Memorial Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Would love to get to meet them him/her.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Joey. Thanks for posting on our Facebook page. If you would like professional search help, please consider OmniTrace and call us at 1-888-965-6696. Thanks!

  2. jayson says:

    I’m searching for my birth mother. I was born July 28, 1993 at the Utah valley hospital, Provo Utah. I’ve been searching for awhile only to hit dead ends.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Jayson. We can likely assist you. If you would like some professional help, please call us and ask for search consultant: Sharla Kotler. Our toll free number is 888-965-6696. Thanks.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I am looking for my son born 12/29/90 as Tyler Shayne Bundy in pioneer valley hospital in utah 8 lbs. 19 1/2 inches long he was adopted in 1996 or 1997 by an lds family that relocated to California blonde hair blue eyes and dimples

  4. belle says:

    My name is belle. I was born in Shreveport Louisiana on April 1,1992@ 2:08am at lsu medical center. I’ve been wanting to find my birth parents for a while. I will be 23 and I just want to know who they are. Thank you

    • Dana says:

      Hi Belle. Thanks for posting. Can you give us a call at 1-888-965-6696? We’ll review your information to determine if there is enough for us to do a successful search. Thanks!

  5. Erika says:

    Hi my name is Erika, my children were put up for open adoption on November 20, 2012 and I have not heard from the adoptive mother since, my three children are now 2, 3, and 4 years old. I really don’t know how I am able to get ahold of them and if I can see them, I feel I’ve been played by the DCYF in the state of RI in providence ..

    HELP PLEASE!

  6. Bob says:

    Looking for my dads birth parents… He was born at cole memorial hospital in coudersport, PA on July 18, 1960… Help please!

    • Dana says:

      Hi Bob. Thanks for posting on our OmniTrace blog. If you would like professional search help to find your dad’s parents, please consider OmniTrace and call us at 1-888-965-6696. Thanks!

  7. Rob says:

    What if you’re looking for your adopted children? We live in Oregon. Any help would be great.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Rob. OmniTrace successfully searches for both birth parents and adopted children. Please give us a call at your convenience to discuss this search in detail. Thanks!

      1-888-965-6696

  8. Jo Anne says:

    I was born in Winter Park, Florida on January 4th 1968 at The Childrens Home Society. I am interested in obtaining information on my Birth Mother or Father. How can i obtain my original birth records from Florida? I am now a resident of Athens, Ohio..

  9. Barbara says:

    My mother married and her husband adopted me. I would like to know how I could find my original birth certificate?
    I was born in Ohio in 1954. I was told my adoption happened in the state of Texas, when I was 4 or 5 years old, 1958 or 1959.

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