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Frequently Asked Questons: I was adopted. How do I get information about my adoption and about my birth parents?

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I was adopted. How do I get information about my adoption and about my birth parents?

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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, M/S 19-67
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.

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Last modified at 1/17/2014 6:20 PM by Burkhardt, Kim