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,
Sacramento, CA 95814
or, 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.
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.