For Adoptees: Yes, you may search on your own after obtaining a copy of your original birth certificate and other court documents related to your adoption. The original birth certificate will have identifying information about your birth parents.
For Birth Parents: You can access the original birth certificate for your child and relinquishment paperwork. None of the documents that birth parents receive contain identifying information about the adoptee or adoptive family.
Catholic Charities has access to the full original file with identifying information of family members that may have given at the time of the relinquishment or updated over time. We also have access to databases that are specifically utilized for searches.
More importantly, beyond the access to records and databases, we provide the emotional support that can be offered to the found party who may not be ready to move forward without an intermediary.