If you are adopted, or if you placed a child for adoption, or if you are the biological sibling of an adopted person, you may wish to learn more about your birth family.
The New York State Department of Health Adoption Information Registry is the only The Registry can only accept a registration from an adoptee who was born or adopted in New York State; and is at least 18 years old.
However, an adoptee who is under 18 years old can register to receive medical information updates if an adoptive parent signs the application.
The services of the Adoption Information Registry have been expanded so that birth parents can register whether they give consent or do not give consent for the release of their contact information (name and address) to the adoptee.
If the parents have registered their consent, the contact information will be released to the adoptee only after he or she reaches at least eighteen years of age and registers with the Adoption Information Registry.
The form will be filed by the attorney or the adoption agency handling the adoption with the court.
The court will forward the form to the Adoption Information Registry when the adoption is finalized.Please see the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene web site for more information.Change of address: If you have already registered and wish to update your address with the Adoption Information Registry, do not submit a new application; simply notify us in writing of your new address.A birth parent may not register unless the adoptee is eligible to register and the birth parent's consent to the adoption or signature on an instrument of surrender was required at the time of the adoption.The Adoption Registry may not accept a biological sibling's application unless the adoptee was born or adopted in New York State and is at least 18 years old.To date we have facilitated over 40,000 adoptions and, in the past several years, thousands of individuals have received adoption record information from our office.