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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.
  • 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.
  • Montana – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized prior to 2/2/1967.  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) in 2017.
  • Ohio – Adoption records are now open for adoptions finalized prior to 1/1/1964.  Post adoption records (original birth certificates) will be available on March 18, 2015. 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 as of July 1, 2014. OmniTrace has all the necessary forms.


  • 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. 
  • Ohio - Ohio Post 1964 Opening 03/18/2015! – Adoption records will be open to adoptee when age 18 years or older, effective March 18, 2015, with the recent passage of Senate bill 23. Biological parents will be able to file a name redaction request form between March 18, 2014 and March 18, 2015.
  • 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. Toll Free #: 1-888-965-6696

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  1. Jerald michael graham says:

    My name is jerald michael graham I was born in riverside California DOB07\21\1994 ive been
    adopted my whole live and am trying to get in contact with my birth family. All I know is my mothers name .RENEE NORMAN.i was born jerome norman. Any info would help

  2. Clairyssa M. Bahler says:

    My name is Clairyssa M. Bahler, born June 28, 1992 at 1:09pm at the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis, IN. I am looking for my birth mother or any family. All I know is that my mother was 17 when she bad me and already had an older daughter estimated at around 2 years of age. I believe my mother was from probably around the Anderson Indiana area. But I do not know for sure! Any information would be greatly appreciated!!

  3. my name is jennifer meador i have two brothers mason and matthew and
    im looking for my birth parents i was born 11/11/98
    all i know is that my mom might be in a mental hospital and my dad might be in jail but i dont now for sure

  4. Dawn Mason says:

    I am searching for my son born Andrew Wayne Mason. D.O.B 07/10/1996. He was born at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian Michigan. Please if anyone has any information contact me.


  6. Patricia says:

    I would love to know whether my 3 grandchildren (Heath Allen Butt,born in 2004, Allison Nicole Partridge,born in 2006, and Kayla Marie Partridge, born in 2008) have been adopted out by social services in Ky. My daughter Melody Butt Partridge was robbed of her children by a lying, shady social worker in Campbell Co. Ky. I know these children miss their family very very much as we do them. My family was promised visitation and then denied. If anyone has any information please contact me. Thank you we love and miss them and never ever were they neglected or mistreated until they were in a foster home in pendleton co. Ky. When a grown man was molesting the girls and Allison didnt co-operate and she gotwhipped by him and she told about it.

  7. Ashley says:

    My name is Ashley, I’m 25 Yrs old born on july 26, 1989. I’m trying to locate my birth mother, I don’t have any information about her, she left me in the hospital at birth. I believe I was born at Mercy medical center. If anyone can be of any assistance please feel free to comment

  8. Tanya says:

    My name is Tanya, I was born May 2, 1972 around 2:30am in Washington, DC. I was adopted at the age of 2 in Prince George’s County, MD. Apparently, my birth mother had other children and I was removed due to abuse. I was told she was a dancer and my biological father was in a band. Any information would be helpful.

  9. Angela Fisher says:

    My name doesn’t matter because who I am looking for wouldn’t know me by that name.
    I was born in coshocton Ohio on June 30th 1979 (I think) at least that’s what the only birth certificate I have says

    I have a medical condition that is hereditary! It is serious and can be bad! I have three little girls and I am searching for answers. I know text book information about what I have but I am hoping to understand this more! With no family history it is very hard!!!

    I would also like to help the rest of that family. Because if it does run in the genes they are at risk too as well as their children! Hydrocephalus is one of the main side effects and can be fatal and starts out just feeling like headaches so most would ignore it….

    I feel it is important to find my birth family!! I am not trying to stir up a haunted past, or open up closed doors, but trying to possibly prevent something bad from happening

    Thank you to anyone that could have information

    This is what I know: (or was told as I begged for info)
    •I was adopted through a church
    •I was 9months old when my parents got me
    I am not sure at what point I was put up for adoption
    •I am from ohio and was told I came from Coshocton county
    •born in June of 1979 my birth certificate says the 30th
    That is all the information I have

    Thank you again for your help

    I am sure (would bet money on it) my mom is blondish brown with blue eyes and not more then 5’5″
    Because I am 5’4″ and I have three girls all look just like me and my 16 year old is already showing signs that she will not be any taller even though her dad is very tall and thin

    I have a curvy fuller figure and a larger chest (as do my girls) and they have two different fathers as my oldest I had young : (
    Yet all three look just like me, so I am guessing I look just like my birth mom
    Any information please contact me

    Thank you again

  10. Stephanie says:

    I am trying to locate my birthmother. Her name is Lisa and I was born at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, Tx on July 12, 1994. My birth name was LaRain. It was an open adoption the attorney was Charles Vinson now deceased. Lee Moore Childrens Home handled the adoption and they have sent a letter to the last known address but there has been no response yet. My foster mom was Janie Houston. The adoption agency says they cant give me my mothers last name. Any information will be appreciated.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I am looking for my birth parents. I was born 12/25/69 in Indianapolis’,ind. my parents were not married. Both were attending college atOSU. My mother was sent to an unwed mothers home Her family was catholic and this was kept secret. My father was also attending college and liked archery. I lived in foster care for a month until adopted. I was adopted through catholic adoption agency.

  12. christy says:

    I am looking for my birth mother I was born on 04/29/1968 in Albuquerque new Mexico I don’t know much about my birth parents.

  13. Mariesa says:

    I am looking for my birth family. I’m a girl born 4/6/1984 in harris county Houston, Tx. my adoption was finalized in san antonio, tx 10/29/1984 due to my birth father not knowing about me. please email me if you have any information.

  14. Anna says:

    my name is anna, i was born May 22 1993 in stony brook long island. All i know is that my mother was 18 at the time she had me.

  15. Sharon says:

    My original name was Sharon Kay busby. I am 46 yrs old and I was born 12/17/1967. I was placed in foster care when I was 1 1/2. My adoption was final in December 1978 through Walker County dept Human resources in Jasper Alabama. I do not have a lot of information about my birth family but here is what I do know… I am the 7th out if 8 children as of 1967 could be more. I was born in fayette county Alabama my social worker was Marie Hartley. Attorney
    Was tweety and Jackson attny at law in jasper Alabama. I gave been told that I have a twin. I have lived in the same area my whole life and have been searching for many years. If you have been looking for me know I haven’t forgot about you. And I pray you haven’t forgotten about me. I’m sure my older siblings may have questions on why I went missing nor presumed deceased. If any one had any information please help me.

    • Mary says:

      What do you know if anything about your birth family [I.e. siblings]?
      I was born in Alabama also and was child 6 of what ended up being
      a total of 8 children before my adoption was final. However, my birth certificate had me being born further south in Alabama. The information I received from the state was my oldest sibling was 15 when I was born in 1964 and 2 others were born after me and one of those did not survive is what I was told. Both born after me had different fathers but I was not given the years of their birhs. I was in foster care until October, 1968.


    Looking for any info on the possible mother of a black male, born September 22, 1999 in Elisworth Maine.

  17. pamela michaels says:

    I am looking for my daughter she was born 8/1/1979 in henderson nevada at st. Rose de lima hospital 11:13 am.I do have the original birth certificate the birth number is 79 006744 file number 4043 I lived at 78 case parkway henderson nevada 89015 clark county doc was j.f.bower m.d.she was taken from me because I was homeless did not give her up by chose have a lot of health problems been looking ever since she turned 18 I was 19 when I had her.iwould like to meet her she was in foster care for awile with kermit and edith little in hickory n.c. they are now deceased if any body can help it would be appreceated I do not have money doing this by my self and friends. Thanks?

  18. Christopher Alexander Martin says:

    I am looking my birthparents I was born December 7th 1991 in Chicago Illinois. From what my parents tell me I was a john Doe. I was given the name “Baby Doe Johnson”. My adopted parents took me in just 3 months after I was born.

  19. monaliza velazquez aka lis/za gomez/s says:

    I was born in Columbia Presbiterian Hospital(168st/ Broadway) My chart number is 242 73 62N baby girl Velazquez scantron DOB IS 07-17-75. This same hospital i was born at on my foot birth record was then known as Presbeterian Hospital. My current DOB is 7-17-76. DISCHARGE 7-21-76. REBECCA HERNANDEZ WAS THE ALLEGE BM. PLEASE HELP! MY SOCIAL SECURITY HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED 23TIMES. JUST FOUND MY SOCIAL SECURITy is registered in Washington DC. 057-XX-XXXX . I have no memory visiting in that state besides floida where i was in foster care under name Lisa Gomez or Liza Gomez. The foster care agency was on West Flager miami fla.
    CPS aka johnson my last case worker. My new name as of 1986 Was “Monaliza milagros Velazquez” my BM on BC is Rebecca Hernandez.BF on BC Jose Ercelio Velazquez. Please help!any linked family members in washington DC. I have no infant or baby pics with any of my family. Not even my allege BM!!!!!

  20. Marlene says:

    iam looking for my son and daughter son name is billy wade daulton Anderson born june 9th 1995 born in Ukiah ca,was taken from willits ca, fathers name is greg Wallace you have a scar in the middle of your chess you had brown hair brown eyes, you are 19 teen years old…. my daughter name is sierra jade Anderson born September 10th 1998 you just turned 16 years old you were born in lakeport ca, blond hiar, blue eyes , fathers name is micheal oranje please contact me I love and miss you so much you were taken because law enforcement lied because of hatred for are family. I pray we find each other and you come home.oxoxox

  21. Chinequia Johnson says:

    I was put up for adoption at birth. Born july 13,1989 at mcv hospital. My brother was 8 at my birth and my sister was 4. No known info on my father. I was adopted through children’s home society in richmond, va. Where I was placed in foster care until adopted. I have been searching for 14 years since I first found out but with little to no info it almost impossible.

  22. Paula Post says:

    We are trying to find out if our grandson has been adopted by the people who are raising him in Ohio. How can we find out. My son has never been contacted to sign off his parental rights. Can the child be adopted without his fathers consent? Child was born in FL in 2008, mother moved herself and child to OHIO in 2009. Parents were never married.

  23. Kelli says:

    Hello, I am trying to help my father locate his birth mother and/or family. Here is what we know:

    Born: May 21 1946 in
    Decatur Illinois on 220 S. Webster
    Race: Black
    Name given: Lauren Johnson
    Mothers name: Doris Bernice Johnson
    that address might have been a home for unwed mothers

  24. Michelene Brooks says:

    I have been searching for my birth daughter who was born in Tampa Florida ..through children services. I stayed at the Salvation Army unwed mothers home ..she was born July 4 1971 .. Please if you know or have any information I would greatly appreciate it ..I just want to know how she is…

  25. Kyi says:

    I am looking for my brother. My mother gave birth to him on August 15 1995.I have not seen him since he was a few months old.He was adopted by a family. My mother had my brother in Kankakee Il. She thought giving him up for adpotion would be better for him because she was not able to take care of him or herself.The name she gave him was Louis DaShawn Speed. I believe that Speed is the last name of his adopted parents. You have family out here that’s wants to meet you!!

  26. Jillian says:

    Hello, I am looking for my sister. My mother had at daughter at the age of 16 her parents wouldn’t allow her to keep. She was born at Saint Vincents Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania on Friday June 13, 1974. My mothers Maiden name is Mullen, I know nothing of her adoptive parents.

  27. Joyce Schertz says:

    My name is Joyce and I am looking for my daughter Krystal Dawn Virginia Schertz she was born on Nov 18,1996 in Reno, Nevada and has 6 sisters and 2 brothers . We love you and want to see you soon.

  28. Ashley says:

    I am helping a friend to find his biological mother. I have recently found his father, a half sister,& a half brother. There’s a good chance there are more children as well.
    His birth name is Joshua Lee Walz DOB 12-18-1981 in Marysville, Ohio
    BM name is Florence Lynne Fitch (Bingham and Walz are two of her married names. Her DOB Is 12-20-1952 and she was from Hamilton County Ohio. She attended Reading Community High School. Please contact me with any information on her.
    Thank you!

  29. Laura says:

    My name is Laura and I was born December 24,1981. I have a biological sister that I was adopted with in 1986 in Martinez,CA. I am looking for any family members because I am curious if there are any medical conditions I should know about.

  30. Maria Shannon says:

    I am trying to find out where my grandfather was born and adopted by a couple who couldn’t have children. But I think he was adopted in Holland or England. Not sure where. No naturalization papers to be found. The adopting father was naturalized after my grandfather was born so I doubt he was born here in the US.
    thank you for your time

  31. Pamela says:

    Hello my name is Pamela I was born June 12,1975so I think..I was told that I wasn’t adopted til I was 16 monthes old.I live in ga and it also says that I was born here where I live and I guess that is a lie to.I am lookin for my family or anyone that knows of someone that might have had a child on this birth date.thank you

  32. katrina bolin says:

    im looking for my birth brother. My mother named him chad michael sammett born on july 25th, 1985 at grant medical hospital in columbus ohio. i know the adoptive parents names are richard and nancy (just dont know last names) his name may have been changed. and i just wanna find him, me and his other sister have been looking for him for awhile. if anybody knows somebody with the same birthday and adopted by richard and nancy please get ahold of me…

  33. David Vinson Jr says:

    I was adopted through the Church of Later Day Saints and have been told there is absolutely no way of finding my birth parents. On my birth certificate it says I was born in Stuart FL on Janurary 6, 1983 (I have heard of stories where the church changed birth dates to make searches that much harder). My parents lived in Mexico Beach FL at the time of my adoption and I was adopted at birth.
    All my parents have told me is my biological mother was a teenager and there is no information about my biological father. Any thoughts about how to start a search with such limited info would be nice.

  34. Susan Wenger says:

    Looking for the birth mother of Baby Girl Short born 3/11/1963 in Oakland California. Adopted by Ed and Mary Wenger in 1963.

  35. Stacie says:

    My name is Stacie.I was born April 28th 1971 in a hospital in Flint, MI. The information that I do have says that I had 2 sisters at the time of my birth.

  36. Max says:

    Iam looking for my biological parents. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 2/3/1974. My adopted parents lived in NYC at the time. I was told my biological mother was 18 at the time and I have an uncle names Thomas. Not sure if it was my mothers or fathers brother.

  37. Gwinn says:

    I was born February 9, 1970 in Richmond, VA. I am searching for my biological parents. I have no names to search for and no real leads. I was made a ward of the state for a few days before being adopted. I was told (not sure if it’s true) by a family member that my parents were young and was going to College and their parents wouldn’t allow them to keep the baby- Me.
    Someone has to know something. There must be a sister/cousin/friend who knows that their family member had a baby girl and gave her up. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Gwinn

  38. Sheryl says:

    Once again, I am posting for ANY information of my Niece, who was born in May-June of 1968/69. She was adopted at birth. She was born in Ann Arbor Michigan, UofM Hospital. Her birth name was Charity Ann, my now deceased sister was named Paula. I have run into closed doors and secrecy which is just wrong. If you are out there, you have a biological step sister and brother. Many Aunts/Uncles and Cousins more than you can count. I am not trying to upset your life, your information in contacting me would be kept between us unless you wanted more. There are health issues involved here that perhaps you can not explain. Strong family resemblances, big brown eyes, dark hair, musical talent or artistry may be your passions. I besiege you to make contact. It was my Mothers dying wish to have me find you. Please do not let me fail at this. Too much time has gone by without knowing you who you are. If you resemble my sister. Please contact privately to the above email, or post here.

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