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How to Get Birth Certificate in Michigan if You Were Adopted

How to Get Birth Certificate in Michigan if You Were Adopted

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Access to Original Birth Certificate in Michigan

Per Michigan Citation: Comp. Laws § 333.2882 – A copy of the original birth certificate may be provided to the adult adopted person upon request when accompanied by  a copy of a central adoption registry clearance reply form, or by court order.
For those adoptions that occurred between May 28, 1945 and September 12, 1980, the release of the original birth certificate is contingent upon a court order.
For those adoptions where the parental rights were terminated prior to May 28, 1945 or after September 12, 1980 a copy of the original certificate of birth may be made available to the adopted person providing there is no denial statement on file with the Central Adoption Registry.
To obtain a copy of the live certificate of birth, the court or agency that provided the identifying information would release the proper paperwork to the adopted person who can then present the document to:
Michigan Department of Community Health
Division for Vital Records
201 Townsend Ave, 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48913
For more information about the Department of Community Health, including fees or ordering information, visit their website: www.michigan.gov/vitalrecords.

Michigan’s  Closed Adoption Records

In general, information from closed adoption records can be released to the adult adopted person, adoptive parents of a minor child, biological/former parent, or adult biological/former sibling. Review our closed adoption agency list to see who holds the records.
All adoption records have a court record of the adoption and there also may be an agency record. There is no one central location of adoption records. The court record of adoption is usually located in the Family Division of Circuit Court (formerly the probate court) in the county where the adoptive parents lived at the time of the adoption. Once the court is found, the court would be able to provide you with the name of the agency if an agency were involved.
The adopted person may also contact the Department of Community Health to request the name of the court that finalized the adoption. Requests can be sent by mail to:
Michigan Department of Community Health
Division for Vital Records
201 Townsend Ave, 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48913
In that request, the adopted person must include their complete adoptive name, their date of birth, and their adoptive parents’ names, along with a check or money order made payable to the State of Michigan for $26.00. The fee is associated with the release of the amended birth certificate (the one issued in the adoptive name) along with the court information

Michigan’s Central Adoption Registry

Michigan’s Central Adoption Registry file contains former parent and adult former sibling statements giving consent or denial to have information about themselves released to an adult adopted person who is searching.
The former family statements are forwarded to the child placing agencies and courts upon request so that they then can make a determination whether identifying information can be released to the adult adopted person or an adult adoptee’s direct descendant in those cases where the adopted person is deceased.
The Central Adoption Registry is accessed by the court or agency; individual adopted persons do not contact the Registry. The Registry does not require a fee of the agency or court for checking the file.
Michigan Adoptees can fill out this form to request identifying adoption information.

Michigan’s  Confidential Intermediary Program

If the information you are looking for is not provided through Closed or Central Adoption records, the court where the adoption took place may be able to assist. Each court offers aConfidential Intermediary Program for adoptions where parental rights were terminated between May 28, 1945 and September 12, 1980. The confidential intermediary program is a program available through the court where the final order of adoption was entered that allows for search and contact.

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