Adoption Record Search

Special conditions and limitations apply to each type of search. A caring professional social worker at Catholic Charities is available to discuss your situation and the options available to you.

If you are considering a search, we encourage you to contact Nadine Behmke (email) or call her at 203-596-9359, ext. 228.

Who can search?

The following people may request an adoption record search in the State of Connecticut:

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Adult Adoptee

Non-Identifying Information

An adoptee, age 18 or older, can request non-identifying background and medical information. The information shared is from data in the original case record. Catholic Charities requires that such a request be made in a notarized letter with one photocopied form of I.D. attached. A fee of $200.00 is charged for this service.

Search
An adoptee, age 18 or older, can request a search to locate his/her birthparent(s). Catholic Charities is required to search for the birthparent(s) and request their consent and agreement to participation in the search/reunion process.

A search request must be in the form of a notarized letter with one photocopied form of I.D. attached. An in-person interview may be required. A fee of $350.00 is charged for this service.

Adoption Reunion Registry

The agency maintains an “Adoption Reunion Registry” in which an adoptee, age 18 or older, can register. This form is maintained in the agency’s file and serves as a waiver of confidentiality should the birthparent contact the agency for identifying information. Registration forms are available from the agency and must be notarized.

Birthparent

Non-Identifying Information

Birthparents can request a copy of the medical and social history they provided to the agency at the time they made a plan of adoption for their child. They can update their record; however, the adoptee will only be notified in case of a serious genetically-linked medical condition. Information remains in the record and is given only if the adoptee or adoptive parent of a child under 18 years of age requests it. The request must be made in a notarized letter with one form of photocopied I.D. attached. There is no fee for this service.

Search
As of October 1, 1995, birthparents whose parental rights were terminated may initiate a search for their birthchild who is 18 years of age or older. If both birthparents were involved in the adoption plan, both must consent to the search in order to protect confidentiality. Putative fathers may initiate a search with written consent from the birthmother.

A search request must be written in the form of a notarized letter with one form of photocopied ID attached. A $350.00 fee is charged for this service. An in-person interview may be required.

Adoption Reunion Registry
The agency maintains an “Adoption Reunion Registry” in which birthparents can register. This form is maintained in the agency file and serves as a waiver of confidentiality should the adoptee contact the agency for identifying information. Birthfathers may register only if they were legal party to the termination of parental rights or with the birthmother’s consent. Registration forms are available from the agency and must be notarized. There is no fee for this service.

Adoptive Parent

Non-Identifying Information

In Connecticut, since 1977, all adoptive parents have received written, standardized, non-identifying background and medical information prior to the finalization of their child’s adoption. Information shared is from data in the original record. Adoptive families who did not receive such information can request it prior to their adopted child’s 18th birthday. After the 18th birthday, a request must be submitted by the adoptee. A fee of $200.00 is charged for this service. The request must be in the form of a notarized letter with one photocopied form of I.D. attached.

Identifying Information
Catholic Charities cannot release identifying information to the adoptive parents regarding their adoptive child’s birthparent(s).

Biological Sibling of Adoptee

Search

The adult biological sibling of an adult adoptee (age 18 or older) can request a search to locate his/her adopted sibling. Catholic Charities is required to search for the sibling and to request his/her written consent and agreement to participation in the search/reunion process. The written consent of the birthparents is required before we begin the search if their parental rights were terminated prior to October 1, 1995. If parental rights were terminated after October 1, 1995, written consent of the birthparents is not required.

A search request must be in the form of a notarized letter with one photocopied form of ID attached. An in-person interview may be required. A fee of $350.00 is charged for this service.

Adoption Reunion Registry
The agency maintains an “Adoption Reunion Registry” in which an adult biological sibling of an adoptee can register. This form is maintained in the adoptee’s file and serves as a waiver of confidentiality should the adoptee contact the agency for identifying information. Written consent of the birthparents is required prior to relinquishing any identifying information if the birthparents’ parental rights were terminated prior to October 1, 1995. Registration forms are available from the agency and must be notarized. There is no fee for this service.

Adoption Search Fees

  • Initial File Search $100
  • Adoption Non-Identity Search $200
  • Adoption Full Search $350

Connecticut Adoption Law

Catholic Charities adheres to current Connecticut Adoption Law.

All written requests for an adoption record search should include as much information as possible (date of birth, maiden name, adoptive parents’ names and town of residence at the time of adoption) in order to assist us to serve you better.

The agency endeavors to provide all requested services in a timely manner. When search requests exceed service capacity, a waiting list is established, with requests processed in the order in which they are received.

All searches are conducted in an ethical and professional manner. In the event that reasonable time and proper procedures fail to locate such person or persons being sought, the agency will assess the merits of continuing the endeavor with the person who initiated the search.

Adoption Program Offices

To find an Adoption Program Office close to your location, click on the markers in the map.