Texas Adoption Information Laws

Wyoming Adoption Information Laws
Wyoming Adoption Information Laws

Wyoming Adoption Information Laws

Texas Adoption Information Laws

Who May Access Information

Citation: Fam. Code §§ 162.018; 162.406 Nonidentifying information may be provided to:

  • The adoptive parents
  • The adopted person who is age 18 or older

Identifying information may be accessed by:

  • The adopted person who is age 18 or older
  • A birth parent
  • An alleged father who acknowledges paternity
  • A birth sibling who is age 18 or older


Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Fam. Code § 162.018

Eligible parties are entitled to receive copies of records that have been edited to protect the identity of the birth parents and other information relating to the history of the adopted person.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information

Citation: Fam. Code §§ 162.407; 162.413; 162.414; 162.416

The persons listed above may register with a mutual consent voluntary adoption registry. A registration remains in effect until the 99th anniversary of the date the registration is accepted unless a shorter period is specified by the applicant or the registration is withdrawn. A registrant may withdraw his or her registration in writing at any time.

The applicant must participate in counseling for not less than one hour with a social worker or mental health profes­sional with expertise in postadoption counseling before the release of confidential information.

The administrator shall process each registration in an attempt to match the adopted person, the birth parents, and the birth siblings. The administrator shall determine that there is a match if the adult adopted person and the birth mother, father, or sibling have registered.

When a match has been made, the administrator shall mail to each registrant a written notice:

  • Informing the registrant that a match has been made
  • Reminding the registrant that he or she may withdraw the registration before disclosures are made, if desired
  • Notifying the registrant that before any identifying disclosures are made, he or she must sign a written consent and participate in counseling

Identifying information about a registrant shall be released without the registrant’s having consented to disclosure after the match if the registrant is dead, his or her registration was valid at the time of death, and he or she had in writing specifically authorized the postdeath disclosure. Identifying information about a deceased birth parent may not be released until each surviving child is an adult or until each child’s surviving parent or guardian consents in writing to the disclosure.

Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Health & Safety Code § 192.008

Only the court that granted the adoption may grant access to the original birth certificate. Where the Information Can Be Located

Central Adoption Registry

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