Many States utilize a mutual consent adoption registry. This means that both the adoptee and the birth family must register whether or not they are interested in an adoption reunion or at the very least - exchanging information.
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, approximately 30 States employ an adoption registry as a way to help those wishing to embark on an adoption reunion. To discover how your State uses mutual consent adoption registries or if your State uses a confidential intermediary system or a affidavit system - please visit the following Web site maintained by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
To find out what your State requires in terms of an adoption registry:
When you arrive at the Web site -
- Select the State where your adoption was finalized.
- Then check the box "Accessing Adoption Records,"
- Then click the button marked "Go."
The next page will give a link that will lead to contact information on the adoption registry.