In general, post-adoption contact requires the written consent of the birth parent or parents and the adult adoptee. If the desire for contact is mutual and documented in writing, HFS will work with all parties to facilitate a meeting. Refer to the following for specific information and requirements for post-adoption information release and contact requests by birth parents, adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth siblings.
The birth parent may request disclosure of the name and most current address on file of adoptees age 21 or older, provided the adult adoptee has consented to contact in writing. Birth parents who requested no contact when they placed their child for adoption but have since changed their mind may write a letter expressing their openness to contact. These letters are kept on file and provide consent for post adoption contact if requested by the adopted individual after they have turned 21.
Adoptive Parents and Adult Adoptees
Adopted individuals age 18 or older and adoptive parents of individuals younger than 18 may request non-identifying information about birth parents.
Adopted individuals age 21 and over who seek contact with their birth parents may receive identifying information if the birth parents have also consented in writing, or may provide written consent to be kept on file should a birth parent seek contact.
Adoptive parents of individuals under 21 may request disclosure of identifying information if medical necessity or other extraordinary circumstances justify the disclosure.
Information about a birth sibling may be released to another sibling provided both are age 21 or older and have provided written consent.
Birth Parent Counseling
We’re here for you. Should you ever need to speak to someone, our caring social workers are available for counseling. HFS is committed to the needs of our birth parents, for all the years ahead. Learn more about our Birth Parents Program.
HFAP – Adoptive Parents Group
HFAP organizes social events and fundraising activities that provide HFS’ adoptive families with opportunities to interact and make friends with other adoptive families. For prospective parent awaiting placement, the HFAP PALS group provides a supportive environment in which to share excitement, anxiety, hopes and dreams with others who have gone through the process and understand what they’re going through.