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Tennessee Adoption – Find Birth Parents and Adoptee (s)

Tennessee Adoption – Find Birth Parents and Adoptee (s)

We recently received a message from one of our readers–Aimee–who is trying to find her birth parents.  Here is her message:

“I’m looking to find my birth parents. I was born 10/24/1981 in Knoxville Tennessee. I was given the name Angela Lyrae Cates at birth. I’d love to find them if Y’all can help!!!”

Here’s some information we obtained from Adoption Media, LLC for those touched by adoption in Tennessee:

Obtaining Non-Identifying Information

Adopted adults who are 18 or older, adoptive parents, step parents or legal parents of an adopted adult, birth parents, birth siblings and direct descendants of adopted adults may obtain non-identifying information.

Obtaining Identifying Information

If an adoption was finalized before March 16, 1951, adopted adults who are 21 or older, birth parents, adoptive parents, step parents or legal parents, and birth siblings who are 21 or older can receive a copy of the adoption records, which includes the original birth certificate

If an adoption was finalized after March 16, 1951, adopted adults age 21 or older, birth parents, adoptive parents, step parents or legal parents, and birth siblings 21 or older can receive a copy of the adoption records, which includes the original birth certificate.  They shall not contact or attempt to contact in any manner any of the persons eligible to file a contact veto. 

A contact Veto Registry has been established by the Department of Children’s Services for the purpose of permitting registration of the willingness or unwillingness for contact with persons who seek contact with them.  All parties must go through this registry before contacting the subject of the search. 

Aimee, we are not attorneys and cannot provide any legal advice.  We suggest you call the following Department for further details, clarification and updates to the above referenced information on Tennessee Adoption Law:

Contact:
Department of Children’s Services
Post Adoption Unit
436 6th Avenue, NW
8th Floor, Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1290
615-532-5637
http://www.state.tn.us/youth/adoption/recordsaccess.htm

Once again Aimee, we strongly suggest you call the Department of Children’s Services.  However, here’s sorta, kinda what you probably will hear…

  • The state will send you paperwork to complete or ask you to send them a letter.
  • The state will determine your eligibility for release of records.  If eligibility is approved, then the state will send a bill for $150.00 and instructions on how to obtain your original birth certificate.  You will not be able to obtain your original birth certificate until they approve your eligibility.   You will have to sign a legal statement that you will not search for your birth parents if they have request no contact (please ask them for clarification on this).
  • Once you pay the fee, sign the legal statement and send your completed forms, they will send you your original birth records and birth certificate. 

Most people will be eligible to receive the original records.  However, adoptions resulting from rape or incest may not be eligible. 

Aimee, I hope this information helps.  Can you write us back after you have undergone the process and share what occurred?  Thanks!

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  1. samantha says:

    I’m samantha, I was born in Knoxville,TN in 1974,I’m searching for my birth parents. If anyone knows anything that could help me please respond!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Samantha. You don’t need anyone to help you. You can help yourself. Please read our post titled: Tennessee Adoption – Find Birth Parents and Adoptee (s)

  3. Ethan says:

    So, if i am not 18 or 21 i cannot find out anything about my birth parents or family???

  4. admin says:

    Hi Ethan. You may have to wait until you turn 18 or get help from your adoptive parents. Hang in there. Enjoy life. You’ll have plenty of time to search in the future.

  5. Sarah says:

    Memphis,Tn.,Dec.22-23,1970 – My baby brother was adopted by a couple at birth when I was 17.I was at the hospital & got to see him.It tore my heart out.I’ve always prayed over him but I do know it was the best thing for him.Mother wasn’t able to take care of him.I still miss him but all I know is(maybe)his birthdate,because it was the middle of the night,& now he’s just celebrated his 38th Birthday!I’d still know him anywhere-he looked exactly like my baby pix.His beautiful little face is etched into my memory forever.I only want his happiness so I’ll honor his wishes if he is content & wants no contact.I only want to know he’s happy & safe.Please help!

  6. Sally says:

    My legal name is “Sallie”-Sorry!

  7. Sallie says:

    My baby brother just celebrated his 38th Birthday.I met the older couple(very nice people) who picked him up from the hospital(Methodist). She had knitted(crocheted?)a beautiful green sweater set for him(my favorite color).I’ve never doubted that we’d reconnect at some point.I love him & have prayed over him all his life.I asked God to watch over him & keep him safely in His care & even though Mother didn’t get to name him,I’ve always called him”Christian Noel”. Christian for Christ,Noel because both of our B’days are in Dec.,I have a Christmas-y middle name,so he had to have one,too!I’ve always wondered,when we do meet,if he’ll actually have that name.I’m SO excited-I believe he’s been looking for me,too!!!

  8. Sallie says:

    I just happened on this website,so I’m not familiar w/it,but,if my brother also finds this,PLEASE feel free to call me ANYTIME!!! You were born on Dec.22-23,1970,@Methodist Hospital in Memphis,Tn.Sorry I don’t remember the time,I was heartbroken,but God allowed me to meet the people who kept you overnight til your adopted parents could pick you up.They were very sweet, stopped & allowed me to look at you,& she had knitted or crocheted the beautiful green sweater set for you that I mentioned before.She promised me she’d take tender care of you & even told me she had a rocker!I’ve always loved you!Mother just wasn’t able to take care of you,it wasn’t because she didn’t love you.And I believe there’s some misinformation on your birth certificate- your Dad’s name is Steve-I’m POSITIVE!

    • Edie says:

      My husband was adopted in Memphis, TN. His birthday is pretty close to the dates you mentioned above. He was kept by a couple (fostering parents) before his adoptive parents got him. Not sure if he is your brother, but is worth trying to find out for sure.

  9. Cathy Clements says:

    i’m looking for my adopted daughter her birthday was 11/18/1988. Her birth given name was Alicia Clements and she was born in NY but adopted through a christian agency in New Jersey Please help! If you have any info please contact me!

  10. maryanne says:

    girl born Sept. 24th, 1975- Memphis, Tenn. Looking to thank birth parents for my life. If anyone can lead me in the right direction, much appreciation. Have submitted info to the Dept. of Childrens…Nashville -just waiting.

  11. Amanda says:

    I am looking for my birth mother. I was born 12/3/82 in Huntingdon, TN. I was told that my mother has brown hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. I was also told that I have half-siblings. I would love to hear some information!

  12. lindsay says:

    I was born 9/29/81, in Chattongga, TN. My biological mother was 14 at the time and might have been at Florence Critten, I am looking for her. God Bless

  13. Rebecca says:

    I’m looking for my Uncle, he was born June 11, 1954. His given name was Robert Eugene Kennedy. His birthplace: Campbell Co. TN.

  14. Elise Retzer says:

    looking for a half brother Robert neal Gorman born in 1965 at St. Joseph hospital in Memphis Tn adopted out

  15. heidi says:

    hi i was born 3/5/61 in baltimore,md was adopted by a very loving family i been told by agency that my birthmother and a whole bunch of aunts,uncles all live in tennessee is there anyone who knows where i can get help in finding my birth family thanks for your help heidi

  16. shanna says:

    Hi, I was born April 23, 1976 in younstown OH I am looking for my birthmother. If there is anyone who can help me I would forever be greatful.

  17. Roland Paul Martin says:

    I am looking for my birth mother
    I was born 7/22/1963 In Bradley Hospital in Cleveland, Tennessee, My adoption was handled by a doctor Dr. Chalmer Chastain . I have heard that my mother was a clerk or sectary to a bussiness man in Cleveland, Tennessee. My adopted parents are both dead now and I long so much to just know that my birth mother is Ok. I was adopted by Roland and Charlotte Martin . The doctor passed away in 2007
    My name is Roland Paul Martin I guess that is my adopted name . would love to know if my bio mom gave me a name . how do I find out if there is the origional birh record. I pray every night to find my mother I know it must have been hard for her God Bless Her . Please anybody if you can help me
    Bless you paul

  18. Roland Paul Martin says:

    Please help me find my birth mother
    I was adopted by Roland and Charlotte Martin
    both adoptive parents dead
    I was born 7/ 22/ 1963 in Bradley Hospital
    Cleveland , Tennessee my adoption was handled by a doctor named Dr. Chalmer Chastain. I want so much to find my bio mom and tell her everything is ok
    I just pray every night to find her and let her know I love her and she has gran children
    God Bless Paul

  19. gordon says:

    my daughter was taken from her mother (michelle)in washington co.tn 1999. i did a dna test and the state said there was a ZERO percent chance that she is mine. i know in my heart she is and i would love to find her., her name was brittany. can any one help me? she should be about 15 or 16 now. she had red hair.

  20. Margaret says:

    Hi I am the birth parent (Mother) my husband (now dead) adopted my son in the state of OH but he was born in TN. How do we get his org. birth cert. please? Thanks

  21. Roger Freeman says:

    Just found out an ex girlfriend of mine actually gave our daughter up for adoption instead of having an abortion. Dont know much information but mothers name is ayana clark she lived in clarksville tennessee, my daughter was born in 1998 i have for children with my wife and i would love to find my daughter. Please anyone that can help it would be greatly appreciated

  22. Nathaniel M Solidum says:

    My givin name is Nathaniel Michael Solidum I was born on
    12-02-1976 in Knoxville TN. I was atopted at three months old to the Solidum family. I don’t know my real mother nor my fathers name. A peice of me is missing and it hurts dearly everyday not knowing anything about them. I don’t understand why my case is a closed case. I know there is a type of law out there for this matter it’s just so hard to proceed becasue everyone wants money just to find my real parents. I am lost and confused with everything. Please ease my sufferings.

  23. Carol Lee says:

    I am looking for my sisters Doris Phoebe Alphie Linda Hicks Lucy Hicks and Sandra. I was born to Chastine Fugate Hill Bailey on 2/20/1959 in Johnson City TN. My birth name was Robin and I was adopted in 1962. I would love to hear from any of them.

  24. Trish says:

    I am looking for my twin sister who was put up for adoption after our birth. Born 9/29/1974 in TN.

  25. Jud says:

    I am looking for my half-sister. She was born on October 3, 1963 in Nashville, TN.

  26. Christina says:

    Hi. My name is Christina but my name before adoption was Ashley. I am looking for my birth parents and possible siblings. I was born 8/31/1987 and my little brother was adopted with me. His name is Jackson but his name before adoption was Andy. We were adopted by the Burch family in McMinnville, TN. I am married now so my last name is Feeney. I need help finding my blood relatives for medical reasons. Thank you.

  27. Luke says:

    I’m 18 and was adopted on November 17, 1993 in Elizabethon TN and i want to request Non-Identifying information on my birth parents but I have no clue on how to send in a request form to the state. Any Help?!

  28. Amy says:

    I’m looking for my bother. He was born on Febuary 1, 1973-1975. He was adopted by a military family bc my grandad was on the same military base. I think his name was something like William Benjamin or Benjamin Lewis. He was named after my granddad. I think he was born at baptist.

  29. Sasha says:

    Hi my name is Sasha and I’m trying to help my friend find his biological parents. The only thing I know about them is his bio dad’s name is Curtis Washington and he is from Tennessee. My friend is 23 and his name is Kellen Marcus. PLEASE help me.

  30. jeff says:

    I was born in Memphis, Tn. June 3, 1965 at baptist hospital. I was adopted by the Tedford family in August, 1965 from Baptist childrens home Looking for birth family. The state of Tennessee found my birth mother in 1993 but she refused to see me looking for siblings that might want to see me. Im pretty sure she was a waitress and birth father was an optometry student pls reply

  31. Patricia Dircio says:

    I AM DESPERATELY SEARCHING FOR MY SON,WHOM WAS UNJUSTLY TAKEN FROM ME AND PUT UP FOR ADOPTION BY OMNIVISIONS INC. HIS NAME BEFORE ADOPTION WAS DAVID LAWRENCE LEDWICK. HE WAS BORN ON MAY 17,1992,IN DENVER COLORADO.HE WAS ADOPTED SOMETIME AROUND YEAR 2005. MY DAUGHTERS WERE RETURNED TO ME WHEN ALL ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ME WERE PROVEN FALSE.HOWEVER DUE TO MY SON MENTAL HANDICAP THE PEOPLE WHO KEPT HIM RECEIVE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR HIM.I HAVE NOT SEEN MY BABY BOY SINCE HE WAS 10,AND HE IS NOW 20.EVERY YEAR ALTHOUGH HE IS NOT HERE I MAKE HIM A CAKE FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.GOD WILLING HE WILL SEE THIS AND IF HE DOES I HOPE HE WILL CALL.MY CHILDREN ARE ALL I LIVE FOR AND I LOVE THEM MORE THEN ANYTHING.I SWORE TO MY SON I WOULD NEVER GIVE UP ON HIM AND ONE DAY WE WOULD BE TOGETHER AGAIN,AND IF ITS THE LAST THING I DO IN THIS LIFE I WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL I SEE HIM OR AT LEAST SPEAK TO HIM AND LET HIM KNOW THAT HE CONTINUES TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE WORLD FOR ME.DAVID,SON,IF YOU READ THIS PLEASE CALL ME BOOGIE BOO.MY NUMBERS ARE 256-668-2599,AND 256-398-8072.I LOVE YOU SON,AND YOUR SISTERS MISS YOU HORRIBLY.WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Rachel says:

    I am looking for my half brother who was born in Nashville, Tn September 25-29, 1973. My mother was young,16 and was sent up to Nashville from Dallas, Tx to have the baby. He was put up for adoption. She had me 4 years later after marrying my father in Dallas. I now live in Nashville and hope to find him. She stayed with a family while in Nashville, (Madison) Ruth and Marvin Heath.

  33. Whitney says:

    Searching for my birth mother. Dob 10/17/1985 born in knoxville tn

  34. Amanda says:

    Was born Jan 28 1982 in Knoxville in city limits.. I’m looking for my birth parents. Please if anyone has any information email me at missmandy0819@gmail.com I am now 32. I think my mother was 17. 5’2 dark hair n dark eyes.

  35. nan deegan says:

    Looking for birth parents, born 12/07/52 in Memphis, Tn. I think she ws in Criteden Home, Catholic, possibly ex military. Don.t want to wreck your life, just want health info and to thank you for not having an abortion.

  36. nan deegan says:

    Born dec. 7, 1952. Catholic possibly ex military, memphis, tn. Want to find birth family, thanks for not having an abortion, would like contact if not, would appreciate medical history so I can plan on what I may have to face.

  37. Clara Christine Jordan O'Harris Rogers says:

    I gave birth to baby girl at UT Hospital in Knoxville, TN on March 20, 1974! Just putting information out there in case she would like to know anything about birth parents! I pray she is well every day of her life!

  38. Jonathan kaylor says:

    Born August 29 1974 in marryville Tennessee.

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