This is part of an ongoing project to document the legal obstacles adult adoptees face in seeking original birth certificates or any other information that is lawfully theirs. Questions or concerns? Check out the post about it here.Were you born in a country other than the United States?* Yes NoYour country of birthAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaColombiaComorosCongo, Democratic Republic of theCongo, Republic of theCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEast TimorEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFaroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench PolynesiaGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuamGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiNorth KoreaSouth KoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMexicoMicronesiaMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint MaartenSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSpainSri LankaSudanSudan, SouthSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVatican CityVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, U.S.YemenZambiaZimbabweState in which you were born*AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces PacificState in which you were adopted*AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces PacificYear in which you were born*1920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001Year in which you were adopted, if different from birth year1920192119221923192419251926192719281929193019311932193319341935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004Have you ever sought your original birth certificate or any other identifying or nonidentifying information from a court, adoption agency, government agency or anyone else?* Yes NoInformation you have sought or requested (currently or in the past)Choose all that apply Original Birth Certificate (OBC) Identifying information (but not an OBC) Adoption agency records Nonidentifying information Court records OtherIf "other" please list briefly what you have soughtHow did you request your information? I requested it through a court I requested it through an adoption agency I requested it through a government agency (e.g., department of health, vital records, etc.) I requested it from a lawyer whom I thought had the records I registered with a voluntary adoption registry OtherIf "other" please briefly describeWhen was the first time you requested your information?Provide a year (e.g., "1999")When was the last time you requested your information?Provide a year (e.g., "1999"). If anything is pending, enter the current year.Were you successful in obtaining the information you requested?Choose the answer that best reflects the response to your request. Add clarifying details in the comments section below if needed Yes, I received everything I requested No, I did not receive anything I requested I received something, but identifying information had been removed or redacted I received something, but I did not receive all that I have requested I am still waiting for informationInformation you have received (if any)Choose all that apply. Add comments below to add any other details you feel are relevant Original Birth Certificate Identifying Information (but not an OBC) Non-Identifying information Medical information Other informationWhat information was removed or redacted?For example: "the name of my birth mother" or "the name of my birth father"What other sources or methods have you used to find information?If something is not listed, feel free to provide a comment in the general comment section Worked with a search angel Submitted DNA Hired a private investigator/professional searcher Hired an attorneyCost of trying to get your informationEstimate how much you have spent so far in trying to get information listed above (OBC, identifying information, etc.) $0-$50 $51-$100 $101-$300 $301 - $500 $501 - $1,000 More than $1,000 More than $2,000 I'm not sureWhat, if anything, has prevented you from seeking your original birth certificate or any other identifying information?Message, comments, clarifications, suggestions (if any)Name or Email I do not require a name or email, but it may be helpful if I have questions or need to clarify information about your submission. I do not sell, provide, or give your name or email to anyone, period. If you provide an email, you will receive confirmation of your submission as well as a copy of your answers.Name First Last Email EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.