Are you searching for your biological parent or sibling or for a child placed for adoption? Adoption Option offers Post-Adoption Search and Disclosure Services to help adopted adults, birth siblings, and birth parents establish contact with one another that is mutually agreed upon. These services can also help adopted adults receive non-identifying information from the adoption record, such as physical descriptions of birth families and their education, interests, and health.
Under North Dakota law, adopted adults 18 years of age or older may request non-identifying information from our agency records, and/or search for identifying and contact information. Genetic parents who terminated parental rights may request our agency to search for the child they released for adoption, once the adopted individual is 21 years of age. Birth siblings may also search once the adopted individual is 21 years of age, with the consent of the living, biological parent.
A Non-identifying Information Search will provide you information from our records that was generally received at the time of the adopted individual’s birth, and may include such things as physical description of birth family, education, interests and health at the time of placement.
An Identifying Information Search is requested when you wish to establish contact with your birth family/adopted adult, or you want updated medical information. We can serve as the intermediary and search for your birth family or adopted adult to see if they are open to contact with you. Our staff will assist you in mediating contact and establishing an exchange of information that is comfortable for all parties.
For more information or to request Adoption Search paperwork, contact the office nearest you.
Adoption Option, a partnership between The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, offers pregnancy and parenting support services, adoption services and post-adoption search and disclosure services.