Adoptee & birth parent search

The search and release of confidential information in adoption

There are three ways that an adoptee or birth parent can access identifying information on the other party.

  1. The Colorado Department of Human Services will release information to adoptees who are at least 18 years of age. Please contact CDHS at CDHS_COAdoptionRecords@state.co.us to request an adoption record. Colorado Revised Statute §19-5-305 details how adoption records may be accessed by adoptees and other eligible parties.
  2. The Adoption Confidential Intermediary Program is a service that you can obtain which are trained confidential intermediaries who conduct intensive adoption record searches of adoptive parents, birth parents and siblings. 

  3. The Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry, located at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will release information if both parties register. The adoptee must be 18 years of age. Siblings can now register. The purpose of the voluntary registry is to facilitate contact between adult adoptees (who were born in Colorado), siblings/half-siblings, and their birth parent(s). We will also facilitate voluntary contact between a former foster child who may or may not have been adopted, who is 18 or older, and who is searching for a birth sibling who is 18 or older, who may or may not have been adopted and who may or may not have been in the foster care system. Relatives of deceased adoptees and relatives of deceased birth parents also can register. Relatives include spouse, birth parent, adoptive parent, sibling, or a child who is 21 years or older. How to apply: All parties must submit a notarized Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry Application, photocopy of a valid ID, non-refundable processing fee and proof of relationship.

Resources

Adoptees In Search 
An information and support group for adult adoptees who are searching for their birth parents. An information registry, monthly meetings an post-reunion discussion group available.

CUB (Concerned United Birthparents)
A national nonprofit support group not limited to birth parents but all members of the adoption circle.

Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry 
Facilitates voluntary contact between adoptees 18 and older who were born in Colorado and their birth parents.

ALMA (Adoptees Liberation Movement Association)
Computerized matching service of adoptees with birth parents who are registered.

International Soundex Reunion Registry
Computerized matching service of adoptees with birth parents or siblings who are registered. Must be at least 18 years old to register. 
 

To obtain the adoptee’s original Birth Certificate only please contact Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 


Colorado State Archives can also be contacted to request records at 303-866-2358, or by using this form.

If not you, then who?
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.