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.
Why would I use an agency for search and reunion services?
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.
Where can I obtain my adoption court records?
The Colorado Children’s Code (19-1-103)(6.5)(a) defines the adoption record as the following:
The adoptee’s original birth certificate and amended birth certificate
The final decree of adoption
The final order of relinquishment and the order of termination of parental rights
To obtain these documents, you may contact the COURT where your adoption was finalized as this is the entity that is defined as the Custodian of the Record.