Adoption records can contain a number of documents, which often include the original birth certificate. The courts can be petitioned to have adoption records opened but often, only censored or non-identifying information will be given if any information from the adoption record is given at all. Some states have passed bills, which require birthparents to leave contact information or detailed medical histories if they do not want future contact. Often a confidential intermediary, or someone who goes between the courts and the person inquiring about the records, is required to access any adoption records at all.
The article Access to Adoption Records goes into great depth as to what is considered non-identifying information, what various states policies are and how to access information.
Read the details of why adoptees should consider petitioning courts for their records as well as the details of petitioning, using the Indian Child Welfare Act in a petition for those who qualify and what else to expect when petitioning in the article Petitioning the Court to Open Your Adoption File.
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