Adult adoptees do not have unrestricted access to their original birth certificates in California. Adult adoptees must petition the court and show “good and compelling cause” to disclose original birth records. Courts, however, must give “great weight” to the fact that the petitioning adoptee is an adult.
Currently, nearly all adult adoptees in Oklahoma must obtain a court order and show good cause for the release of an original birth certificate. An exception exists to this requirement for adoptions finalized after November 1, 1997.