The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) can assist you with a family search through the Adoption Reunion Registry. For all the services listed below, the consent of each involved individual must first be received. DHR will gather and register each party’s consent or dissent.
Adult Search for Biological Parents
If you are an adult child of adoption (21 years or older), DHR will provide assistance in establishing contact with your biological parents. If the adopted person is deceased, the same service can be provided to the adult child of the deceased adopted person.
Adult Search for Siblings
Adult siblings (21 years or older) seeking contact with each other will receive assistance from DHR, provided one is an adoptee.
Birth Parent Search for a Child Placed for Adoption
If you are a birth parent who placed a child for adoption, DHR will provide assistance in establishing contact, provided the adopted child is over the age of 21 years. If the birth parent is deceased, parents or siblings of the deceased birth parent may receive the same services from DHR to establish contact with the adopted child.
Access to Background Information
For the adopted individual over the age of 18, DHR will provide non-identifying information from your sealed adoption record without a court order. If you are under the age of 18, your adopted family must request this information.
Biological Family Assistance
DHR will assist a biological family in giving consent to release identifying information or to contact the adopted family with this information. In turn, DHR will also register the desire to have this information protected, which involves prohibiting the release of identifying birth family information from the sealed adoption record.
For more information, visit the Reunion Registry Web site at: www.ga-adoptionreunion.com.