|There are two locations where adoption records are held, the adoption placing agency,
and the county of finalization.
The agency/court must file the release form with the Michigan Central Registry for the
adoptee, as they must fill in the identifying information on the form. The adoption
agency/court can charge up to $60 for this information. Be sure to ask about fee's on your
first contact with the agency/court. They have 63 days to provide you with the
non-identifying or identifying information once the request has been made.
Non-identifying information can provide enough information to help you do a search for
your birth family on your own, with the assistance of a experienced searcher. Agencies
tend to provide better non-identifying information, although there are some courts that
provide very good non-identifying information for less money. There are many search and
support groups throughout Michigan to give advice in search and reunion.
FORMER FAMILY MEMBERS (Getting Started)
A form must be filed with Michigan Central Adoption Registry. Forms can be obtained by
contacting any MI search and support group, or Michigan Department of Social Services
Central Adoption Registry PO Box 30037 Lansing, MI 48909 DSS-1919 Parent's Consent/Denial
To Release Information To Adult Adoptee DSS-1917 Adult Former Sibling Statement To Release
Information To Adult Adoptee Former family members must send the signed consent forms
directly to the Michigan Central Registry. Former family members must request
non-identifying information, in writing, to the adoption placing agency. The county of
finalization, is not always the county that the birth mother released her child in. The
placing agency must tell the county of finalization within 28 days of request.
Non-identifying information on the adoptive family and adoptee, or usually rather sketchy,
but will cover the child's progress during the home visits by the case worker.
Once you receive the non-identifying information, then a search for the birth mother's,
or adoptee's name can begin. Again, a search and support group can be very instrumental in
guiding you in locating a name through public record, with the use of the information you
Note: Birth Records are not public information in the State of Michigan. Original Birth
Certificates are sealed when an amended certificate is filed with the State. Birthmothers
may want to try on a county level first, for the original birth certificate. Most
adoptee's do not know their birth name, or their birth mothers name, no request can be
made without that information.
If you have tried everything, and just can't find, then it may be time to consider the
Confidential Intermediary Services.