States with Open Adoption Records

Currently, adult adoptees can obtain an original birth certificate and may also receive additional adoption information.
 
United States of America
  • Alabama – Adoption records are open. 
  • Alaska – Adoption records are open. 
  • Colorado – Adoption records are open. 
  • Connecticut – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 10/01/1983.
  • Delaware – Adoption records are open.  Birth parents can sign a no-contact veto. 
  • Illinois – Adoption records are open. 
  • U – Access to original birth certificates available in July 2018.
  • Iowa – Adoption records are open before 07/01/1941.
  • Kansas – Adoption records are open. 
  • Maine – Adoption records are open. 
  • Maryland – Most adoption records before 06/01/1947 are open.
  • Massachusetts – Adoption records are open for birth years before 4/14/1974.
  • Michigan – Adoption records are open if the birth parent’s rights were terminated before 05/28/1945 or on or after 09/12/1980.
  • Minnesota – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 8/1/1982.
  • Missouri - Records before 1941 are available and access after 1941 now available.
  • Montana – Adoption records are now open as long as the birth occurred 30 years ago or more. So, at age 30, people can now obtain their original birth certificates.
  • New Hampshire – Adoption records are open. 
  • New Jersey – Adoption records are open. 
  • Ohio – Adoption records are open.
  • Oklahoma – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 11/01/1997.
  • Oregon – Adoption records are open. 
  • Pennsylvania – Adoption records are open. 
  • Rhode Island – Adoption records are open. 
  • Tennessee – Adoption records are open.  No-contact vetos are available to birth parents if the adoption was finalized after 1951. 
  • Vermont – Adoption records are open for adoptions finalized after 07/01/1986.
  • Washington – Adoption records are open.