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For adoption related information and records:
Iowa Department of Human Services
Adult, Children and Family Services
Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5358
Fax: (515) 281-4597
Requesting Non-Identifying Information: Adopted adults and birth parents may obtain non-identifying information.
Requesting Identifying Information: Adopted adults can receive information regarding the birth parents or birth siblings if they have filed a consent to the release of their information.
Using the State of Iowa Adoption Registry: The following parties may register: Adult adoptees age 18 or older who were born in Iowa; birth parents of children born in Iowa who have reached age 18 and were adopted; adult birth siblings (age 18 or older) of adult adoptees. All blood-related children of a birth parent must be 18 or older before information is released. Individuals may register by submitting a $25 fee, notarized application, and certified copy of their birth certificate.
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Adoption Registry Program
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
(515) 281-6263
Obtaining an Original Birth Certificate: An adoptee must petition the court in which the adoption was finalized.
Access to Adoption Records: Adoption records are sealed and can only be opened by court order except if the adoption was final prior to July 4, 1941, and the adoption was not required to be sealed.
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