Adoptee Search Resources

If you were born and/or adopted in Connecticut, you have certain rights under the law to obtain information regarding your birth identity and birth relatives. Many adoptees choose to exercise these rights or to pursue other methods to obtain this information.  While Access Connecticut is solely an advocacy organization dedicated to restoring the rights of adoptees under Connecticut law, we have provided a small sample of available search resources on the list below.

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The Law

On July 1, 2015 a new law became effective in Connecticut that gives certain adult adoptees the right to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate.

Your are eligible to receive your original birth certificate under the new law if:

  • You were born and adopted in Connecticut.
  • You will be 18 or older on or after July 1, 2015.
  • Your adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983.

Pursuant to the new law, you are also entitled to receive a Contact Preference Form and Medical History Form, if they have been filed by your biological parents with the Department of Children and Families.

You must file an application and pay a fee to the Department of Public Health in Hartford to receive your original birth certificate.  Here is the Application Form.

(Adoptees whose adoptions were finalized before October 1, 1983 are not covered by the new law. Want your OBC?  Join our efforts! )

Any adult person adopted in Connecticut, regardless of the date of adoption, has the right to obtain “non-identifying information” from the adoption agency which handled their adoption. Upon request, the agency must also conduct a search to locate the birth parent(s) and obtain their consent for disclosure of their identity to the adult adoptee. If the birth parent(s) is deceased, the adoptee is entitled to receive identifying information.

If you do not know which adoption agency handled your placement, you may contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at (860) 550-6319. DCF maintains an index of all adoption placements and will be able to provide this information to you.  Further information and details are available at the website of the Department of Children and Families.

 

Searching On Your Own

Many adoptees choose to search outside of the system contemplated by statute.

DNA Testing/Search

Our top recommendation for adoptees who want to search outside the system is to complete a consumer DNA test. Ancestry DNA has the largest database with 23andMe being the second largest database so we recommend those two. You are most likely to find at least a 3rd cousin which is about all you need to complete a search for your immediate birth family. However, you may want to join one of the online communities to help you further once your results are received. We recommend DNA Detectives which is an active Facebook Page with an emphasis on adoptee and birth relative search.

Hire A Search Angel

A “Search Angel” may help you search.  Spokeo Search Angels  are volunteers who donate their time and resources to help individuals touched by adoption, foster care and other family separation, search for their family members while providing guidance and emotional support.

A search the internet or Facebook will turn up other individuals who volunteer their search services for low or no fee to adoptees. Note, they may recommend you take a DNA test to help them in their search as well.

Counseling

The Connecticut Adoption Community Network maintains a Directory of psychotherapists who specialize in adoption counseling.

Support Group

To the best of our knowledge there is currently only one support group for adoptees in Connecticut, which is also open to birth/first parents and adoptive parents. It is called the Adoption Healing Support group and it meets the third Thursday of every month in West Hartford.

If you wish to submit other resources to be considered for listing on this page send the information via email to info@accessconnecticut.org.