Adoptions Continued

​Receipt of Written Request: When a written request is received by the Clerk of Courts, they will file mark the document. There is NO FILING FEE with this written request. After a written request is received, it is sent to the Orphans' Court Judge.
 
Who May Request Information:
The following individuals may file a written request for identifying or non-identifying information contained in the adoption record if the adoption was finalized in Adams County Orphans’ Court: 

  • An adoptee at least 18;
  • An adoptive parent of adoptee who is under 18, or adjudicated incapacitated and is 18 or older, or who is deceased; A legal guardian of adoptee who is under 18 or adjudicated incapacitated;
  • A descendant of a deceased adoptee;
  • A birth parent of an adoptee 21 or older;
  • A parent of a birth parent of an adoptee 21 or older if the birth parent consents, is incapacitated or is deceased;
  • A birth sibling of an adoptee if both are 21 or older and meet the following criteria:
  • The birth sibling remained in the custody of a birth parent and that birth parent consents, is deceased or is incapacitated;
  • The birth sibling and the adoptee were both adopted out of the same birth family; or
  • The birth sibling was not adopted out of the birth family and did not remain in the custody of the birth parent.
Who may be a Subject of a Request for Information: 
  • The individuals listed above may file a written request for information or contact with the following individuals:
  • An adoptee 21 or older;
  • A birth parent of adoptee;
  • A parent of the birth parent of an adoptee who is 21 or older if the birth parent consents, is incapacitated or is deceased;
  • A birth sibling of an adoptee if both the sibling and adoptee are 21 or older and the following criteria exist:
  • The birth sibling remained in custody of the birth parent and the birth parent consents to the release of the information or contact, is deceased or incapacitated;
  • The birth sibling and the adoptee were both adopted out of the same birth family; or
  • The birth sibling was not adopted out of the birth family and did not remain in the custody of the birth parent.