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*Updated information and forms relevant to law change will be updated on or around July 1, 2024

Adoptee access to original birth records

​A law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2023 modified access to original birth records and adoption records for people adopted in Minnesota. Adopted people born in Minnesota who are 18 or older will be able to request a non-certified copy of their original birth records from the Minnesota Department of Health beginning July 1, 2024. Also beginning July 1, adopted people 18 and older born outside Minnesota, but adopted in Minnesota, will be able to request information from the agency responsible for supervising their adoption.

For parents whose child was placed for adoption any time

  • You are strongly encouraged to complete a Birth Parent Contact Preference form (PDF) by July 1, 2024, to indicate whether you’d like to be contacted by the adoption person and to provide additional information. The form will be released to the adopted person if they request their original birth records.
  • Any affidavit you completed in the past to provide or restrict access to the birth records will expire on June 30, 2024.
  • Be aware you may be contacted by the adopted person, even if you indicate a preference not to be contacted.

For adopted people

For adoptive parents

  • It is important for you to know about the changes in the law, so you are aware of the potential impact for your child and family.

For genetic siblings of an adopted person

  • July 1, 2024, the age changed from 19 to age 18 for genetic siblings who were adopted or, because of a termination of parental rights, were committed to the guardianship of the commissioner of human services, whether adopted or not, may request information from the responsible child placing agency about other siblings who were adopted or who were committed to the guardianship of the commissioner of human services and not adopted. Genetic siblings age 18 and older may also request identifying information and contact. These services may only be provided with mutual consent of both people,

For Relatives of Adoption Person (if deceased)

  • Beginning July 1, 2024, an adopted person’s original birth record may also be requested by people related to the adoptee, if the adoptee is deceased. These individuals include: the adoptee’s spouse, child, grandchild, great-grandchild of the adoptee.
  • More information may be found at Minnesota Department of Health Birth Records and Adoption.

Funding Assistance

  • The Department of Human Services and Foster Adopt Minnesota may be able to provide funding assistance to eligible requestors. This assistance is available to cover fees for a variety of post adoption services and is funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. For information on how to apply for funding please email search@fosteradoptmn.org.

Resources to request post adoption services from other states

Please contact the following the following organizations if your adoption was facilitated or finalized in a DIFFERENT state from Minnesota

Please note: each state has their own statutes and rules regarding original birth record and adoption information disclosure. Please contact the state that facilitated your adoption/where your adoption was finalized to learn more about the state statutes and rules.

FAQ’s

What is the fee for an original birth record?
A fee of $40 is due at the time of submitting an application for a non-certified original birth record to the Minnesota Department of Health

Will birth parents get notified if their biological child requests their original birth record?
No, birth parents will not be notified if their biological child requests a non-certified copy of the original birth record

I was not born in the state of Minnesota, but my adoption was finalized in Minnesota.  How can I request a copy of my birth parent identifying information?
After July 1, 2024 an adopted adult who was not born in the state of Minnesota, can place a request in writing to the Minnesota agency who facilitated the adoption, requesting birth parent identifying information.

What information is included on the original birth record?
This will vary depending on the year the individual was born. Dependent on the year of birth, the amount of identifying information will vary. Any health information about the birth parent will be redacted. The original birth record is NOT the same as the adoption record.  Adoption records will remain confidential per MN Statutes.

What are the expected timelines once a request is submitted for an Original Birth Record?
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) anticipates a high volume of requests. Processing dates (estimated wait time) will be posted on the MDH website.

Will I receive my adoption record too?
No, adoption records remain confidential. You may contact the placing agency for information on search and intermediary services.

What is the difference between my adoption record and my original birth record?
Adoption records are maintained by the agency that placed a child for adoption and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This may include:

  • Child placement records
  • Social and medical histories
  • Information and documentation about the placement decisions.
  • Personal effects – Items such as photos, documents, letters

The original birth record is maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health and includes the record of birth.

I was adopted internationally. Can I request a copy of my original birth record?
After July 1, 2024 an adopted adult who was not born in the state of Minnesota, can place a request in writing to the Minnesota agency who facilitated the adoption, requesting birth parent identifying information.
We would encourage you to also contact your adoption agency or the central authority in your birth country, as well as filing a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) via USCIS

Please check out the Post Search Resource section for some Intercountry Adoption Post Search Resources. If resources from your birth country are not listed, please feel free to contact search@fosteradoptmn.org and we would be happy to chat further with you about additional resources.

My parent was adopted. They have now passed away. Can I request a copy of their original birth record or Post Adoption Services?
Yes—a child of an adoptee can request a non-certified copy of their parent’s original birth record from the Minnesota Department of Health—Office of Vital Records.
A child can also request Post Adoption Services (Social / Medical History (Non-identifying Background Report), assistance with search/outreach), etc.) from the agency/county that facilitated the adoption.

Resources

  • Minnesota Department of Health
    Information about accessing original birth records, and the new Birth Parent Contact preference form, is available on the Minnesota Department Health website
  • PODCAST – Adoptee Access to Original Birth Records (June 5, 2024)
  • Preparing for Search and Reunion | C.A.S.E (adoptionsupport.org)
  • Foster Adopt Minnesota Post Search Form
  • Foster Adopt Minnesota Therapist Search
    Foster Adopt Minnesota’s HELP Program screens Minnesota therapists who show competence with adoptive/foster/kinship families. Our HELP Therapist Network search tool can reduce some of the ‘guess-work’ out of choosing the right provider for your family.
  • HELP Program ; help@fosteradoptmn.org; 1-855-670-HELP; 612-746-5137
    HELP Program services are free and available to any Minnesota adoptive, kinship, or foster family; adopted persons; birth/first family members and community professionals.
    Services include:
     – Phone and email-based support from a team of HELP Specialists with advanced training in supporting adoptive, foster and kinship families;
    – Connecting families with adoption/trauma/attachment-competent therapists, appropriate community resources, as well as educational offerings;
    – Assisting eligible families with funding to help with the cost of therapy with HELP Program vetted therapists, Foster Adopt Minnesota educational offerings and eligible supports.

MN Statutes

Public Awareness Events:

The following are some public awareness events, funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, offered by a variety of community organizations, county and private agencies, to increase awareness about the change to original birth records. This is not an all-encompassing list:

DateOrganizationLocationDescription of Event
June 5th
Leech Lake Foster Care and Adoption ProgramOnigum Pow Wow Grounds
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Foster Care Appreciation Day in Onigum
Leech Lake Foster Care and Adoption program will continue to increase awareness of this new legislation and the resources available to adopted people and people who placed children for adoption at this event.
June 5th Minnesota Coalition for Adoption for Adoption Reform (MCAR), Adoptee Rights Law Center (ARLC), Concerned United Birth Parents (CUB)--Minnesota Chapter
https://adopteerightslaw.com/announcing-information-sessions-on-minnesotas-new-law/
More information >>>
St. Louis Park Community Center
3700 Montrey Drive
St. Louis Park MN 55416
7:00 pm
Open Records Event
The three organizations are recognized organizations in Minnesota that represent and advocate for adult adopted people and parents who have relinquished children for adoption. MCAR also engages adoptive parents in its activities and leadership. All three organizations are promoting and working together to hold three in-person events in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Alexandria, on three separate dates: June 1, 2024; June 5, 2024, and June 15, 2024. Each event has a single topic and presentation: what to know about Minnesota's new birth record law. In addition to presentations and discussion about the new law, materials will also be provided, including birthparent contact forms. Representatives from each organization will also be present to answer questions.
June 5thChildren's Home Society & Lutheran Social Service2117 Campus Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Children’s Home & Olmsted County Relative/Kinship Caregivers Event
Join CHLSS on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at the Olmsted County Office for a shopping-style experience providing educational resources and items of need including diapers, coats, backpacks, and hygiene products. Information about open birth records will be available. This event is free and for Olmsted County Relative/Kim Families and CH/LSS relative kin families
June 6thChildren's Home Society & Lutheran Social Service550 Vandalia Street
St. Paul, MN 55114
Cheers to Children’s Home!
Please join us for a casual, open-house style pub event at Lake Monster Brewing in Saint Paul. We are looking forward to connecting with you, talking about our current programs, and sharing what’s ahead. We hope you can join us in conversation, appetizers, and a beverage while learning about the ways you can engage with Children’s Home. Information about open birth records will be available.
June 8thMinnesota Coalition for Adoption for Adoption Reform (MCAR), Adoptee Rights Law Center (ARLC), Concerned United Birth Parents (CUB)--Minnesota Chapter
https://adopteerightslaw.com/announcing-information-sessions-on-minnesotas-new-law/
Find out more here >>>
Plymouth Church
1900 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis MN 55403
11:30 am
Open Records Event
The three organizations are recognized organizations in Minnesota that represent and advocate for adult adopted people and parents who have relinquished children for adoption. MCAR also engages adoptive parents in its activities and leadership. All three organizations are promoting and working together to hold three in-person events in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Alexandria, on three separate dates: June 1, 2024; June 5, 2024, and June 15, 2024. Each event has a single topic and presentation: what to know about Minnesota's new birth record law. In addition to presentations and discussion about the new law, materials will also be provided, including birthparent contact forms. Representatives from each organization will also be present to answer questions.
June 8thHennepin County--Foster Care & Adoption; Children's Home Society & Lutheran Social Service
Email:
amber.fogel@hennepin.us
Brookview Park
200 Brookview Pkwy N
Golden Valley, MN
12:00 - 6:00 pm
Golden Valley Pride
Come visit these organizations at Golden Valley Pride. They will have more information about the need for foster families, information about adoption, and information about the upcoming change to Open Birth Records
June 15thLeech Lake Foster Care and Adoption ProgramSquaw Lake Pow Wow Ground
12:00 - 3:00 pm
South Lake Pow Wow in Squaw Lake
Leech Lake Foster Care and Adoption program will continue to increase awareness of this new legislation and the resources available to adopted people and people who placed children for adoption at this event
June 15thMinnesota Coalition for Adoption for Adoption Reform (MCAR), Adoptee Rights Law Center (ARLC), Concerned United Birth Parents (CUB)--Minnesota Chapter
https://adopteerightslaw.com/announcing-information-sessions-on-minnesotas-new-law/
Find out more here >>>
Douglas County Library
720 Fillmore Street,
Alexandria, MN 55308
12:00 pm
Open Records Event
The three organizations are recognized organizations in Minnesota that represent and advocate for adult adopted people and parents who have relinquished children for adoption. MCAR also engages adoptive parents in its activities and leadership. All three organizations are promoting and working together to hold three in-person events in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Alexandria, on three separate dates: June 1, 2024; June 5, 2024, and June 15, 2024. Each event has a single topic and presentation: what to know about Minnesota's new birth record law. In addition to presentations and discussion about the new law, materials will also be provided, including birthparent contact forms. Representatives from each organization will also be present to answer questions.
June 15thChildren's Home Society & Lutheran Social Servicehttps://www.stppride.org St. Paul Pride Festival
Come visit this organization at St. Paul Pride Festival. They will have more information about the need for foster families, information about adoption, and information about the upcoming change to Open Birth Records
June 19thLutheran Social ServiceCentral Hillside Community Center
3:00 - 7:00 pm

kris.hanson@lssmn.org
NAACP's 50th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
NAACP 50th Annual Juneteenth Jamboree. Free community event with local resources for families. Family fun and entertainment, BIPOC-owned business, free dinner, community resources fair, music and more.
There will be a resource table available with the adoption information, craft kits for the children as give aways. They will have information about the upcoming change to Open Birth Records
June 19thRice CountyGreenvale Community School
700 Lincoln Parkway
Northfield MN
Exploring Complicated Relationships in Foster & Adoptive Families
Deena McMahon will present "Exploring Complicated Relationships in Foster & Adoptive Families"
June 21 - 22Leech Lake Foster Care and Adoption ProgramCass Lake Pow Wow Ground
June 21 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
June 22 - 12:00 - 3:00 pm
218-335-8270
Leech Lake Days
Leech Lake Foster Care and Adoption program will continue to increase awareness of this new legislation and the resources available to adopted people and people who placed children for adoption at this event
June 22ndFamilies RisingRadisson Blu MOA
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington MN 55425
Retreat for Minnesota Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Caregivers
Families Rising is hosting a retreat for Minnesota adoptive, foster, and kinship caregivers. This event will offer a unique opportunity for caregivers to relax and renew while learning solution-based parenting and self-care strategies. One workshop will be focused on birth record access and MN’s changing laws.
June 25thMinnesota Guardian ad Litem Board--ICWA Division, Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors Family Preservation Subcommittee, ICWA Law CenterMinneapolis American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklyn Ave
Minneapolis MN 55404
Informational Event and Presentation about Open Records at Minneapolis American Indian Center
Informational event and presentation at the Minneapolis American Indian Center at the end of June 2024. Activities include a feast, presentation of new information and resources, printed materials, hiring of speaker or consultant to present. Ceremony or drum group
June 28 - 29Adoptees United IncOpen Book
4629 1st Ave S Minneapolis Minnesota 55419
June 28 - 4:30 - 6:30 pm
June 29 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
info@adopteesunited.org
The Minneapolis Mini-Conference
A hybrid get-together with Friday evening events and afternoon panels/discussions on Saturday. The Friday evening even is a screening of the award-winning documentary short film, Generations Stolen, a documentary about Indian Boarding Schools, the Indian Adoption Project, and ICWA. In addition, as part of the mini-conference on Friday and Saturday there will be afternoon panel sessions on Saturday, June 29, 2024, concurrent with the Editathon, including materials that we will distribute about the new Minnesota law, as well as announcements about the new law.
June 29 - 30
Hennepin County--Foster Care & Adoption, Foster Adopt Minnesota, Children's Home Society & Lutheran Social ServiceLoring Park, Minneapolis MN
June 29 - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
June 30 - 10:00 - 6:00 pm
amber.fogel@hennepin.us
Hennepin County Booth 225, Green Area
Twin Cities Pride
Come visit these organizations as they share resources with the community. They will have more information about the upcoming change to Open Birth Records

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