Search & Reunification Information

 

For adoptions that were facilitated through the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee office,we can assist adoptees and birth parents in certain search activities. For a fee of $50, you may request written medical and non-identifying information compiled from the original adoption record. In addition, birthparents and adoptees are able to keep their current contact information on file with our office. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is non-identifying information?
Non-identifying information is the information from the adoption file, which can legally be provided to any member of the adoption triad. This information will not infringe upon the anonymity and confidentiality of the birth parents, adoptive family or adult adoptee. It may include family background, hobbies, education, and physical descriptions.

Why can’t I know their names?
Any information which could deny anonymity and confidentiality is considered identifying information. It is against Florida laws for an agency to release this type of information. After the search is complete, and both parties mutually agree, they may choose to disclose their own identifying information in person. Identifying information can include names, last known addresses, hospitals, and schools.  

What if I only want medical information?
The medical information contained in the adoption file is strictly limited to information received at the time of the adoption. It is usually very brief. Any medical information on file is provided as part of the non-identifying information. However, it is also available separately if the adoptee isn’t interested in knowing any other information about the birth family. The only way to obtain an updated medical history is to search for the birth parents and ask if they are willing to share their family’s medical history.   

Do I have to tell my parents?
We do not require that the adoptive parents be informed of any search efforts once the child reaches the age of 18; however, including parents in the process can result in a positive experience and a strengthened relationship.

Can siblings initiate the search process?
Unfortunately, at this time, only the immediate members of the adoption triad (birth parents, adoptive parents or adult adoptee) can initiate the search.