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States With Open Adoption Records

States With Open Adoption Records

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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.
  • 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 05/28/1955 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 prior to 1940 may be open.  OmniTrace is currently investigating how to request the original birth certificate. 
  • Ohio – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized prior to 1/1/1964.  OmniTrace has the necessary forms you will need to open your records.
  • 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.

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. Christopher L Moore says:

    Hi my name is Christopher L Moore. I was born in Atlanta Ga sept 17 1960. I was 3 mos old when I was put up for adoption. My birth parents from what I was told was from the New England area but when my birthmom became pregnant with me she had relatives in Atlanta to help her during her pregnancy so she came here to have me so the family wouldnt know.I am 53 yrs old and I would really like to know who my biological parents are. The only thing ive ever known about them was my dad was around 37 at the time and my birth mom was 31 both parents were 5’1 and 5’7 and my birth mom loved sports and dancing.i was told that my birthmom wanted a girl but was glad I was a boy but never waivered in her decision in giving me up. She had me sept 17th 1960 and stayed with me for about 3 mos in a home for unwed mothers then returned to New England area. Had responsibilties back there.really need some help in locating one or both of my parents. I have 4 sons and they ask all the time where we came from and my mom well she has 8 grandchildren if shes out there ..DESPERATELY SEARCHING!!

  2. Danielle says:

    My name is danielle fritsch. I am looking for my half sister not sure on the birthdate other than we believe it was 80 or 81. My birth mothers name is victoria f lunak- yates. Believe the adoption took place in grand forks ND. Her birth name was rose marie lunak… I don’t have a lot lof money to do searches pls help!

    • Jeremiah yates says:

      Hi my name is jeremiah donald yates or so I was told n raised by these ppl named sarah and micheal yates I dont think its there real name ive always believe that I was adopted all my life or most of it I wanna know r we related I dont know my real birth name or parents only what im told i was born in port huron MI my birth day is october 8 1989

    • Rose Marie Benson says:

      HHI DANIELLE FRITSCH ! My name is Rose and my birthmothers name is Vicki Lunak. I am your halfsister!!! Oh PRAISE THE LORD! I HAVE BEEN PRA

    • Rose Marie Benson says:

      Danielle Fritsch>>>>PRAYING FOR THIS FOR. YEARS! I am 32 years old . :) I pray you see this soon!! I live in Grand Forks ND. :)

  3. Renee says:

    Hi I am a birth mother looking for my children, their names are David and Krista kury if you know them please tell them to call me thank you and God bless!

  4. Jo says:

    I am searching for the birth parents of the father of my children. He was born Dec 26, 1963 at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. His birth father was age 19, blonde hair, blue eyes, and German. His birth mother was Italian/Spanish, age 18, dark hair and eyes. We think the birth father was in the military. The birth mother liked horses and the birth father was mechanical. His birth name was Terry. There was a stipulation made by the birth parents that he be adopted by a Spanish family that was Protestant, not Catholic. My sons would like to met their grandparents…and there is now a baby girl…a “great-grandbaby”

  5. Ruth says:

    I am looking for my brothers children they were adopted in 1980 in Ohio.

    Tracy Lynn Reynolds 12-15-1974
    Nicki Reynolds 12-20-1976
    Amy Reynolds 02-18-1978 Identical twin
    Angela Reynolds 02-18-1978 Identical twin
    James Reynolds 01-18-1980

    My brothers name is Jamie Scott Reynolds and his wife’s name was Theresa Reynolds. Her maiden name was Suggs. He would very much like to find them. Please give me a call if you know anything Thank-you

  6. Yelonda says:

    I am looking for my husband birth birthparents, he was taken by the State of Colorado by the age of 2 years old and was in custody until he was adopted in the early 1970′s. We have no records of the natural birth parents. His name is Gilbert James, born on 01/16/1969 in Pueblo Colorado.

    We have no clue on last names, we think the last name may be Miera, born for Spanish-American or Mexican-American family in the Pueblo Colorado, La Junta Colorado, or in the Rocky Ford Colorado area.

    We are despeartely looking, please contact me if you may know of anything. Thank You.

  7. Lisa says:

    I am searching on behalf of my family for three brothers that were adopted by catholic charities in Rock County (Beloit) (Janesville) Wisconsin in 1985/86 birth Fathers name is Marvin Taylor.The children’s birth names are Christopher Taylor, Marvin (junior J.R.)Taylor and Aaron Taylor.

    I was told they were all adopted together into one home.
    I sincerely hope that is true.
    If you know anything that may be helpful please contact me. Thank You

  8. Michael Lee Jackson says:

    edited to state that Gene and May Arlene Jackson were my adopted parents and I am not sure of my biological mothers last name.

  9. Michael Lee Jackson says:

    My name is Michael Lee Jackson DOB 10/30/1969. Cincinnati, Ohio. I am searching for my birth mother and unfortunately I know nothing about her. My adopted parents are Darryl Gene Jackson and May Arlene Young Jackson. I was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati Ohio. My adopted parents were living in Williamsburg, Ohio at the time of my birth and have lived in Blanchester and Owensville. It is possible that my birth mother resides in one of these cities or possibly one of the surrounding cities in clermont county.

  10. Richard says:

    I am looking for my uncle. My mom’s brother. He around my age. He is about 18,19 or 20. His birth brother is Lord Vantine.

  11. Dawn says:

    Born 5/29/1968 Wauwatosa,WI, Milwaukee County adopted through Lutheran Social Services, looking for birth family.

  12. Jacqueline Smith says:

    Hi I am looking for my little sister she was adopted at birth in portales, nm. I don’t know a lot just her birthday. She would be 26 years old.

  13. Cynthia says:

    Hello I am assisting my first cousin who is searching for her adopted brother. He was born in Fayette, AL (Fayette County) on or around February 13, 1969. His birth surname is Vaughn. So he would be around 45. Thank you.

  14. Akira says:

    Hi, I’m Akira. I’m 22 year old. I’ve been looking for my birth family sense the age of 16. I have found out that my mom maiden name is Gorman. And my Father name is Clifton Lewis Hickman . I have a brother name Kailum and Deon. If you can help me I will appreciated from the bottom of my heart. Please contact me via email

  15. juana says:

    My name now is juana r varela. I was adopted when i was 6 or 7 . My original name is juanita solis. My birthday 9/15/93. I was adopted in 2000 or 2003 . I was told my father was trying to get me back for custody but he couldnt achieve it at the time. I really would like to meet both my mother & father . I know my mothers name is REYNA. i HAVE A BROTHER NAMED LOUIS and MY SISTER IS NOW NAMED JENNIFER . I also have a long lost sister named esmeralda. If you know any information please contact me!

  16. Rich says:

    Looking for my birth parents. I was born Dec 4, 1964 in Jacksonville,FL. If this sounds even remotely close. Email me! I was 3 months old when adopted from Florida Children’s Home Society. Both adoptive parents have passed, with any info of birth parents. Thanks!

  17. Sheryl says:

    Hi, my name is Sheryl. I am searching for my niece, born in Ann Arbor MI at birth. She was adopted privately her birth name was Charity Ann. Her mother maiden name was Kine. She would have been born in 1968. Sorry do not know the month. Her place of birth was University of Michigan Hospital. Her Mother has passed away and it is important to at least share medical history with this lady. PLEASE if this is you, we do not wish to interrupt your life, just want you to know you have 2 uncles, and 1 aunt still alive, a half sister and a half brother still alive. Have been searching for a long time, with no results.

  18. Sheryl says:

    PS. The medical information is very important. It may answer questions you have about your own health.

  19. rob says:

    I’m looking for my father’s birth parents. He was born in May 1955 in NYC. he was adopted a few months later. His birth mother was from Kansas city I think. It is possible that she was living with an aunt during pregnancy.

  20. Cordie says:

    I am looking for my birthmother- I know that her name is Tammy Jo Heckman and I was born in Ocean City Maryland on September 1, 1986- If you have any information please contact me. Thank you so very much!

  21. jessie brown says:

    I am looking for my sister her name was ana brown but I think she by Megan prato

  22. Ryan Behar says:

    My name is Ryan Behar. I was born on November 11th 1974 at 8:32am in a hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. I do not know much more that could help identify any biological family. I was adopted when I was only a day or two old. I am not looking for a new family, just want to know more about myself and where I come from. My adopting family is wonderful, I love them and could never replace them. Knowing my biological family would put the last piece of the puzzle in place for me.

  23. C Fenwick says:

    ~~~~29 years ago yesterday, my sister Tammy had a son she named QUINCY DESMOND. As times would have it, things were difficult for her and she made the unselfish decision to give Quincy up for adoption. She has never been the same since that day. I would love to help her find him so she can forgive herself and finally meet him. His name as I said is Quincy Desmond, he was born in Edmonton, Alberta: on April 8th, 1985..I believe he was born at Misericordia Hospital. Do you know anyone that fits this profile, and is adopted..Please contact me.~~~~Quincy we await you when the time is right please let us find you..Aunty Kim

  24. Carrie says:

    Hello My name maiden name is Carrie. I was born 10/16/1990. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was adopted at two weeks old. I don’t have any information on my birth mother or father. I am hoping to hear from them. It was a closed adoption.

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