Adoptee's Rights in Texas
Posted in the Houston Forum
#1 Sep 21, 2012
Over the past several years more states are reinstating adoptee's rights to their original birth certificates (OBCs) Here in Texas only the judge in the original court can grant access to an OBC and adoption records. However, if you already know the names on the OBC you can obtain a non-certified copy from the state. Here is the link to that information: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/adopti ...
If you don't know your original name or parent's names, it is best to sign up with the Texas Central Adoption Registry. Central Adoption Registry and information may be found at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/adopti ...
There are many other registries, here are the most well known and used. ISRR.NET International Soundex Reunion Registry, Adoptionregistry.com , gsadoptionregistry.com
What then? If your adoption was handled by a private attorney, contact them and ask about obtaining copies of your adoption documents. If adopted through an agency and it is still open, contact them and ask for your "nonid", your non identifying information. This is information such as the age of your parents at your birth, their occupation, health issues, other children, etc.
Be prepared to pay for those records at the fee set by the agency. By law they must allow you those records, but the fee is set by each agency. If the agency which handled your adoption has closed, then those records were turned over to the State. Unless of course, like the Homestead Agency they just destroyed the records rather than following the law.
Ask other members in your family what they may know about your adoption. Take notes, get copies of any records your family has.
The newest way to locate family is DNA. Even if someone in your immediate biological family has not had their dna done, someone in your dna line probably has been tested. The results from 23andme.com and familytreedna.com can each be uploaded into ancestry.com . It doesn't work the other way around. ancestry.com results can not be uploaded to the other sites.
Expensive? about $300 But what price would you pay to know your genetic roots?
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