The California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
or the licensed public or private adoption agency which handled the adoption can
provide nonidentifying background information on birth parents to adoptees.
This information includes general facts about the birth parents, and their
medical history. This service is only for adoptions finalized in California. You must
request this information by writing to the below address. This service is not
available through email requests.
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
or, by writing directly to the licensed
adoption agency (if known). Your letter must include your name, birth date, and
the full names of both of your adoptive parents. Also, your signature must be
notarized by a notary public. Some licensed private adoption agencies charge a
fee for this service. If you do not know the name of the licensed adoption
agency, you may request the name from the CDSS at the above address.