|Texas Adoption Laws page #9 of 10|
Who May Access Information
Citation: Fam. Code §§ 162.018; 162.406
Nonidentifying information may be provided to:
• The adoptive parents.
• The adopted person who is age 18 or older.
Identifying information may be accessed by:
• The adopted person who is age 18 or older.
• A birth parent.
• An alleged father who acknowledges paternity.
• A birth sibling who is age 18 or older.
Access to Nonidentifying Information
Citation: Fam. Code § 162.018
Eligible parties are entitled to receive copies of records that have been edited to protect the identity of the birth parents and other information relating to the history of the adopted person.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Fam. Code §§ 162.407; 162.413; 162.414; 162.416
The persons listed above may register with a mutual consent voluntary adoption registry. A registration remains in effect until the 99th anniversary of the date the registration is accepted unless a shorter period is specified by the applicant or the registration is withdrawn. A registrant may withdraw his or her registration in writing at any time. The applicant must participate in counseling for not less than one hour with a social worker or mental health professional with expertise in postadoption counseling before the release of confidential information. The administrator shall process each registration in an attempt to match the adopted person, the birth parents, and the birth siblings. The administrator shall determine that there is a match if the adult adopted person and the birth mother, father, or sibling have registered.
When a match has been made, the administrator shall mail to each registrant a written notice:
• Informing the registrant that a match has been made.
• Reminding the registrant that he or she may withdraw the registration before disclosures are made, if desired.
Notifying the registrant that before any identifying disclosures are made, he or she must sign a written consent and participate in counseling Identifying information about a registrant shall be released without the registrant’s having consented to disclosure after the match if the registrant is dead, his or her registration was valid at the time of death, and he or she had in writing specifically authorized the postdeath disclosure. Identifying information about a deceased birth parent may not be released until each surviving child is an adult or until each child’s surviving parent or guardian consents in writing to the disclosure.
Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Health & Safety Code § 192.008
Only the court that granted the adoption may grant access to the original birth certificate.
Where the Information Can Be Located:
Central Adoption Registry and information may be found at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/adoptionregistry.shtm
Texas law mandates that you are entitled to a copy of your non-certified original birth certificate if you have your birth name and those of your birth parents. Here is the link to that information: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/adoption_general.shtm
Texas Vital Records Information
Access to Adoption Records: Summary of State Laws
Texas Department of State Health Services
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|*Get Your Original Birth Certificate* - Call or Write:
|Department of State Health Services, Texas Vital Statistics, PO Box 12040, Austin, TX 78711-2040. Central Adoption Registry (CAR), which is a central registry listing for Texas. For a fee of $20, you join and if child, birth family, etc register they will pass on the correct information. Form VS-145 is Needed to get original birth certificate. Click this link for info: http://www.dshs. state.tx. us/vs/reqproc/ adoption_ general.shtm
A gentleman named Warren Magjarevich is the one you correspond with by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send an e-mail if you have any questions or comments about the Texas Central Adoption Registry or call us at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6279.
For a faster return, UPS or FED EX to: Texas DSHS Vital Statistics, ATTN: Warren Magjarevich, 1100 W 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756 *Copy of Photo ID is Required with Application*. Send a check or money order, made payable to TX DSHS Vital Statistics for $10.00.
Do call and confirm where and who you go to. It takes a few weeks to hear anything once you request your non-id in writing. Also, if you were an adoptee and have what your adoptive parents received for non-id, it is highly suggested requesting it yourself. What parents received could have been two paragraphs, but you might received 10 pages. Hospital stay (dates), birth, surgery, follow ups, and birth records are still to be found and in storage at the medical records office in each hospital.
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