When the adoption program at Catholic Social Services began in 1967, closed adoption was the common practice. Although openness in adoption became our standard in the mid-1990’s, adoption files prior to that time remain closed.
Frequently, birth parents and adult adoptees contact the agency requesting information about how to contact each other. While there is some basic, non-identifying information that can be shared, most information cannot be disclosed without mutual consent from both parties. The agency maintains a Mutual Consent Adoption Registry for this purpose. The registry is only open to those parties involved in an adoption through this agency. To find out more information, please follow the appropriate links below.
For a general inquiry into our post adoption services, answers to specific questions regarding adoptions completed through Catholic Social Services, or to get more information on the Mutual Consent Registry, please fill out the General Inquiry Form. We also have information about searching for birth relatives, and some suggested reading on search and reunification.
Birth Parent Resources
- Birth Parent Services
- Birth Parent Service Request
- Birth Parent Registry Application
- Updated Birth Mother Health History Form
- Updated Birth Father Health History Form
Adult Adoptee Resources
If you need mediation/vision merging assistance for an adoption that has already occurred, CSS can provide services to both adoptive parents and birth parents.
If you have further questions, please contact: