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The State of Virginia has a “Confidential Intermediary” search program that will locate and contact birth relatives:

Identifying Information: Identifying information is provided through the confidential intermediary system with the approval of the Commissioner of Social Services.

Confidential Intermediary: Adopted adults age 18 or older may use the confidential intermediary system to search for birth parents. For those adoptions finalized after July 1, 1994, the birth parents and birth siblings can use the confidential intermediary system to search for an adopted adult age 21 or older and adoptive parents of adopted adult under age 18 may use system to search for birth relative(s).

Contact: For non-identifying information and for use of the confidential intermediary system, contact the Virginia Department of Social Services in Richmond at (804) 726-7523.

Adoption related information and records:
Virginia Department Of Social Services
Division of Family Services
730 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 21219-1849
(804) 726-7000

Non-Identifying Information: Adopted adults age 18 or older may obtain non-identifying information.


Original Birth Certificate: An adoptee must petition the court in which the adoption was finalized.


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my husband received all non-id info. In one area they did not black out the name of **. Born inDC and adopted in Va. It appears that perhaps ** name is false. Would VA do this? I have heard DC did this in 1959, Any thoughts or suggestions.
Response from the Search Guru, Moderator for the Search and Reunion Message Board
Birthmothers sometimes did use an "alias" name. Agencies usually did not verify whether the information given was true or not.




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re: MCV records
We believe that my husband and his siblings have a sister born in 1969 at MCV and given up for adoption at time of birth. It seems that all hospital records for that time period were destroyed in a fire. We know this because we were recently reunited with another sister who was also born and adopted out at MCV in 1970. Where do we go from here? We know that this possible sibling was also a girl but have no more information than bmom's maiden name.
Timari
(VIRGINIA: "Childrens Home Society of Virginia" - Will NOT open adoption records!!))
I am looking for my birth sister. Age: 41/42.
I know her birth name was: JUDITH LYNN WHITLEY
Born in 1961/62 in Northern Virginia
Adoption Agency: "Children's Home Society of Virginia" (Richmond office.)

Birth Mother's Maiden Name: Anita Graham Bailey (living)
Birth Father: Martin Earl Whitley (deceased)

I can be contacted (I am her older sister: Daphne Whitley - name changed to Whitley Colton) at whit111444@yahoo.com or call: 702-334-0948

Or...she can contact her mother directly at: Honibussey2@aol.com Phone: 360-894.3521
Her name is Anita Bussey and she would love to talk to her!
confidential intermediary
Guru,
You state that Va has a CI for anyone adopted after 1994? Can those adoptees actually get identifying info? What about those of us born before that? That doesn't quite seem right to me. I was born in 1961, and have been looking for my bmom for over 20 years. I have Arlington doing a search, but my social worker says she doesn't have any names except my moms, and she was only 14 years old. But, her dad was Navy, and I know her mom went to court with her, so, how can it be that their names aren't anywhere in my file? And, I was born at a military hospital!!
That really doesn't make sense to me. This woman has had my file for over a year, and is getting nowhere, and she won't tell me anything........I mean, she won't give me a name. How is it that so many states are opening records, and others refuse? Don't we, as adoptees deserve some info, especially medical. What can we do? I don't need a mother, a friend would be nice, but I would love some kinda family history, for me & my daughter.
Suzyk61
Response
I have sent you a Private Message...
We were told that the only way to get "identifying information" is if the birth parent approved it, so kinda at that point it doesnt do you any good anyway because you have already found the best source for the information. I have been searching for 9 years now with very little being uncovered. I have already dealt with Richmond social services who handeled my adoption and it seems like Va is getting to be just one big vicious circle, I have doubts that I will ever know...but that doesnt mean I will give up.
What was the maiden name? I was born 1/21/1969 @ VA Medical College, ru sure records were destroyed? I was Baby Girl Harris w/b please
I was born @ VA Medical College Baby Girl 1/21/1969
timari said...
We believe that my husband and his siblings have a sister born in 1969 at MCV and given up for adoption at time of birth. It seems that all hospital records for that time period were destroyed in a fire. We know this because we were recently reunited with another sister who was also born and adopted out at MCV in 1970. Where do we go from here? We know that this possible sibling was also a girl but have no more information than bmom's maiden name.
Timari

email me w/ more info @ shadowrai69@tds.net please
Searching for my sister
I`m searching for my birth sister..She was born April 25,1968 in Anderson,Indiana. Community Hosptial.. Birth mothers name is Deborah Blanton... Adoptive Fathers birth place is Virginia... I`m your sister I was born July,1966..Please if you read this or you know who she is tell her to contact her sister Tammy...I would love to meet her..... My e-mail is brown_eyedbabe66@yahoo.com
I called the VA adoption unit in Richmond VA , and was told that they do not have a confidential intermediary search program ,do you have any other suggestions ???? Ihave been searching for 5 years with no luck????
Dc & Va
chris brandt said...
my husband received all non-id info. In one area they did not black out the name of **. Born inDC and adopted in Va. It appears that perhaps ** name is false. Would VA do this? I have heard DC did this in 1959, Any thoughts or suggestions.

I was curious...did you get an answer to this? I was also born in DC (1957), adopted in VA (1959) and I found 2 different names for me (?)...so now I'm really really curious.....thanks
Yes....VA is tough....
<< I have already dealt with Richmond social services who handeled my adoption and it seems like Va is getting to be just one big vicious circle, I have doubts that I will ever know >>

I think one problem is that many of the people we reach within the system are simply government workers, (probably underpaid, maybe not that well trained) who don't have a particular investment in helping you get to a resolution. They're just watching the clock and want the callers to GO AWAY.

The woman I got in Social Services told me there would be no records for my mother's adoption, as it was handled by an agency and then finalized in a different state. Then when we saw the non-identifying information file from the agency, there is OF COURSE correspondence with the Richmond state office! They had to approve a child being placed out of state! It even says, "We will keep this file open until we hear back from you."

I am too grumpy to wrestle more with them at the moment, and have moved on to the state where the adoption was finalized. But they are shredding my LAST NERVE!!!
I was born in DC but adopted in Virginia. Where should I request non-identifying information? Thank you.
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