Where You Can Find Your Adoption Papers
There are many reasons why you want to find your adoption papers. One reason is that you want to find your birth parents. For me, it was easy to obtain my birth certificate because my parents kept it for me so that when I wanted to know about my biological family, they would have it. That is not always the case though. If you want to obtain your original birth certificate, you will want to find out which state you were born in. You will need to follow state procedures to obtain your records because once an adoption is finalized, those records are sealed. Most likely, you will need to be the adoptee, adoptive parent or birth parent to obtain these records.
In Missouri, you will need to complete an application online called an Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate form and pay a non-refundable $15 fee. Once you have completed this application, you will need to wait approximately six weeks from the time you submit your application to receive your original birth certificate.
This is different in other states because policies for obtaining your adoption records vary from state to state. For information on the policies in your state, go to the county clerk’s office in the county where you were born. Ask them about the policies for obtaining your adoption records.
Once you have completed this step, you will then need to fill out a petition form and give it to the county court to review. The county court will review your petition, and then they will set a court date in which you will meet with a judge to whom you will explain the reasons why you need your adoption records. The judge will either grant or deny you access depending on your reasons. In most cases, your reason must be related to an emergency or for medical reasons. You will not be granted access for personal reasons. Once you are granted access, you can view your records.
In summary, access to adoption records varies from state to state. You must go to county clerk office in the county where you were born. From there, you will fill out a petition form to give to the county court for review. Once they have reviewed it, you will meet with a judge who will either grant or deny you access depending on the reason you give for needing to obtain your records. For more information, go to this website. You can also use this resource to find out how to get your original birth certificate in your state.
If you’re in the midst of trying to find your adoption papers, you may also want to check out this online course about adoption reunions. You’ll learn from adoption experts that will guide you through an adoption reunion.
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