Read my blog post of 9/2/2013 for more adult adoptee information!
Go to bottom of this page to see a bunch of websites to begin your search...
I opened my own adoption records over 13 years ago when my oncologist insisted I get my medical history when I learned I had breast cancer.
I have moved and I cannot find my file on everything I did - I keep hoping it will turn up but it's been 2 years and still missing - very frustrating!
If you were born in Texas, go the to State of Texas Department of State Health Services on-line. You can order a non-certified copy of your original birth certificate for around $10.
You can also call the Texas Department of State Health Services - they were very nice to me.
There was an adult adoptee location service that I used. Unfortunately, it did not connect me with my half-sister that was looking for me -- we were very close but both of us had some incorrect info so the agency did not match us.
There are many adult adoptee sites on the internet. Some people have learned ways to find out info or people that will amaze you.
You can hire a skip-trace person to help you find "missing" people. If you find one with a lot of experience they won't tell you how they do it but they can find people -- even ones that are trying to hide. With the internet today it's hard to go off the radar.
Don't expect a lot of info in your adoption file. My file was very thin and did not contain a lot of information. Also, my birth parents lied a lot -- so a lot of the info was wrong! The man listed as bio dad was not bio dad -- so be prepared for anything!
I hope this information is helpful.
I am always researching this area of the law and I will continue to do updates from time to time. I do this as a public service. I make no money from my blog.
I will tell you that I've had several people call or email me really upset on my posts. I do these as a public service. If you don't like them, I apologize. But if I continue to receive abusive emails and phone calls then I'm just going to delete them. I don't need to be cussed out when I am only trying to share information to help folks for FREE!
Be aware that some Texas judges will not open your sealed adoption file.
If you were adopted through an agency, there is a website to contact - even if the agency has gone out of business.
Being an adult adoptee is a journey filled with many twists and turns. I encourage you to talk to people that have been in your shoes. Just because it worked for me does not mean that what I did will work for you - be creative and patient. Good luck on your journey!
I "googled" Texas Adult Adoptee and here is what I found:
Warning: I have no idea who these groups are & have not visited every site listed.
You need to try different search engines (yahoo, bing, google, etc. because each might be different.)
But I receive at least 2 calls a month from people just beginning their journey and this will be a good place to begin your searches.