District of Columbia Adoption Laws

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Access to Adoption Records

Obtaining Identifying and Non-Identifying Information:

There are no provisions for receiving information from files. All adoption records are sealed and cannot be opened without petitioning the court for "good cause."

Obtaining an Original Birth Certificate:

An adopted adult must petition the court in which the adoption was finalized.

Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)

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