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Re: A life in Foster Care~ How to Research?

Hello Teresa

Since your child is a minor, there are laws governing that protect the child and the birthparents until they reach age 18 or 21. I would have to research the sate of CA to see what their laws say. Most states have passed the law where you can obtain non identifying inforamtion on the birthparents, but you have to be a certain age and in some cases, all siblings to the adoptee has to be a certain age also.

I have assisted in finding adoptees and birthparents, but I only assist by the laws of that state. Minors have asked me for assistance but I have to turn them down and refer them to the laws for that sate I have found that the search for birthparents is the decision that the adoptee has to make for themselves. As parents we would love to know that information so that we can pass it on at the appropriate time, but the laws protect that. The only inforamtion that adoptive parents are allowed to give to adoptees is what was provided during the finalization of the adoption.

Some states have birth indexes online and some of those indexes do include children who have been adopted out.

I am no expert, but am an adoptive parent, and this is my opinion. I wish you the best.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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