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Frequently Asked Questons: I am a birth parent. I would like information on the child I placed for adoption years ago and on the family that adopted the child. What kind of information am I entitled to?

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I am a birth parent. I would like information on the child I placed for adoption years ago and on the family that adopted the child. What kind of information am I entitled to?

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CDSS or the licensed public or private adoption agency which handled the adoption can give birth parents some information on the status of the adoption and general non-identifying background information regarding the adoptive parents including information on the progress of the child at the time of the adoption. 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

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, by writing directly to the licensed adoption agency (if known). Your letter must include the name you used at the time of the adoption, and the child's name (if named) and date of birth. Your signature must be notarized by a notary public. If you do not know the name of the licensed adoption agency, you may request the name from the CDSS at the above address.
I am an adoptee. I would like to know if California has a mutual consent registry and how it works.

California does not have a mutual consent registry. However, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) operates a statewide Consent Program for adoptees (age 18 and over), birth parents, and siblings of adoptees who are 21 years of age or older. The Program is only for adoptions finalized in California and the specified parties may participate by submitting a Consent For Contact form (for adoptees and birth parents), or a Waiver of Rights to Confidentiality of Adoption Records For Siblings. You may obtain these forms by contacting CDSS at (916) 322-3778, or by contacting your local licensed public or private adoption agency. Upon receipt of a notarized consent form from an adoptee and a birth parent, or a notarized waiver form from an adoptee and a sibling, CDSS or the licensed adoption agency which handled the adoption can disclose the names and last known addresses of both parties so they may directly contact each other. CDSS and adoption agencies are prohibited by law from soliciting consents or waivers, and do not provide search services to adoptees, birth parents or siblings.

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