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Accessing Adoption Records

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Accessing Adoption Records

Once an adoption has been completed, certain information about that adoption is sent to be filed with the Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics. Certain people may be able to access this information by requesting it via the forms listed on the bureau's website.

Specifically, in Texas, courts must seal adoption records. But sometimes, people can show good reasons why the records should be opened to them. Only the adopted child or an immediate relative to the adopted child can ask for access to the sealed records. The request, called an application, should be filed with the District Clerk in the county where the adoption took place. You must sign the application in front of a notary.

Click here for more information about accessing sealed adoption records.

Click here to see what other adoption information can be requested using Bureau of Vital Statistics forms.

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