States differ greatly on the information they allow to be given out. The laws governing the information that can be released is usually voted on by state legislatures so it can change. There are organizations in many states that are working to lobby the law makers to change the restrictive laws and open records. Check the laws in the state where you were born at least once a year. Be sure to read the law closely. In some states, information such as open birth records, is only for certain years. In some states the records are closed but there are exception or third party court approved Court Investigators (CI’s) that allowed to access the information and try to find your birth parents for you and ask them if they want contact from you. Below is information and a link to a website with the state adoption laws that you can reference. If you have trouble accessing it directly from the link, copy and paste the link into Google Search. This is current through 2006, so you should also check the next website listed here for the American Adoption Congress if you are in a restricted state.
Know Your Rights Access To Adoption Information: A Summary of State Laws
The link to the website for the American Adoption Congress is listed below. The website provides the reader with current information from each state legislature regarding adoption statutes. The list is updated accordingly by American Adoption Congress when new information becomes available. Here is the link:
We also have links to the state adoption information laws on this website. We also suggest website reviews for state resources to help you find the right website to use to find information once you know your rights to information.