The birth parent may request disclosure of the name and most current address of the adoptee if the adoptee is age 21 or older and has indicated in writing that he or she wishes his or her name and address to be disclosed.
The adoptive parent of an adoptee under age 21 may request disclosure of the identity of a birth parent and the birth parent's most current address shown in the records if the department or licensed adoption agency finds that a medical necessity or other extraordinary circumstances justify the disclosure.
If an adult adoptee and the birth parents have each filed a written consent with the department or licensed adoption agency, the department or agency may arrange for contact between those persons.
Information about a birth sibling may be released to another sibling provided both are age 21 or older and have provided a written waiver.
Photos or letters and other personal property may be released upon request if the adoptee is age 18 or older and other conditions have been met.
Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Health & Safety Code § 102705
The original birth certificate is available only by order of the court.
Where the Information Can Be Located
Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)
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