Finding your birth family

If you were part of an adoption that took place before 1985, it may be possible to find information about your birth parent or child.

We can help you with this process. 

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Finding out about adopted family members

If you have a sibling or other relative who was adopted into your family, or placed for adoption into another, you may want to find details about them.

Anyone can request to look at an adoption court record but you’ll need to make a case to do so. A judge in the Family Court will look at your application and decide whether to grant you permission.

The process can take some time. The first step is to apply in writing to the Family Court where you live. You’ll need to include:

  • any details you have on the birth date, place and name
  • any relevant background information to support your case
  • any relevant documents that would support your application such as original birth or marriage certificates
  • what special grounds support releasing the information.

The Family Court will then send a request to the court that dealt with the adoption and staff there will find the adoption records.  

The Family Court judge may ask a social worker to review the records and your application, and the social worker may contact you for more information. They’ll give a report to the judge to help them decide whether to grant you access or not. The court will then let you know whether you can have access to the records.