Arkansas Adoption Laws

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Access to Adoption Records

Obtaining Non-Identifying Information:

Who May Access Information
Citation: Ann. Code §§ 9-9-504; 9-9-505

Nonidentifying information is available to:
  • The adoptive parents of the child or the child's guardian
  • The adoptee
  • If the adoptee has died, the adoptee's children, widow or widower, or the guardian of any child of the adoptee
  • The birth parent of the adoptee
  • Any child welfare agency having custody of the adoptee
Access to identifying information is available to the adult adoptee, the birth parents, and any person related within the second degree through the Adoption Registry.

Access to Nonidentifying Information
Citation: Ann. Code § 9-9-505

Nonidentifying information is available upon request to any person listed above. Nonidentifying information includes the health, genetic, and social history of the child.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Ann. Code § 9-9-504

A person eligible to register may request the disclosure of identifying information by filing an affidavit with the adoption registry that includes the following:
  • The person's current name and address
  • Any previous name by which the applicant was known
  • The original and adopted names, if known, of the adoptee
  • The place and date of birth of the adoptee
  • The name and address of the adoption agency or other entity, organization, or person placing the adoptee, if known

The administrator of the mutual consent voluntary adoption registry shall process each affidavit in an attempt to match the adult adoptee and the birth parents or other relatives. The processing shall include research from agency records, when available, and when agency records are not available, research from court records to determine conclusively whether the applicants match.

The administrator shall determine that there is a match when the adult adoptee and a birth parent or other relative have filed affidavits with the adoption registry and have each received the required counseling.

Using the Adoption Registry:

The State Department of Human Services maintains an adoption registry for DHS placements. Licensed voluntary agencies also may establish and maintain registries. The DHS registry is a mutual consent registry in which both parties must be registered before identifying information can be released. Adopted adults age 21 or older, birth parents, and individuals related within the second degree may register. Before release of information, parties requesting information are required to have 1 hour of counseling.

Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Ann. Code § 20-18-406

The original birth certificate is available only upon a court order or as provided by regulation.

Where the Information Can Be Located
  • Arkansas Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry
  • The licensed agency involved in the adoption


Arkansas Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry
PO Box 1437, Slot S565
Little Rock, AR 77203-1437
(501) 682-8462
Web site:

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