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To undertake an adoption search, first gather information from home sources, including interviews with extended family members. Determine if adoption records are open or closed, and request the original birth certificate and court documents, if allowed. If the state has an adoption registry or medical information exchange program, sign up. Some states will also give non-identifying information from the OBC.
- You may request the non-identifying information from the agency or court supportive services.
- Check for orphanage records.
- In the case Roman Catholic adoptions, ask for baptismal information.
- Sacramental records are available to involved parties and sometimes contain identifying information on birth family members.
- If the birth mother lived at a maternity home, check for records. Ask the hospital for personal medical information.
- Make timelines for all family members, noting location, ages, and other identifiers, adn as new information arrives, add it to the timeline.