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Biological Parent Consent Registry



How can a biological parent register identifying information?

What information is needed to file a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form?

Is there a filing fee?

Can the form be submitted electronically?

May a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form be updated?

Can a biological parent withdraw his or her consent once it is filed?

How An Adoptee Can Find Out If A Biological Parent Has Registered?




How can a biological parent register identifying information?

A biological parent whose child was born in Pennsylvania may file a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form with the Department of Health.  Forms may also be requested by calling the Division of Vital Records at 1-877-PA-HEALTH or (724) 656-3100 or by writing to:

   

   Division of Vital Records
   Attn:  Adoption Registry
   101 S. Mercer Street, Room 401
   PO Box 1528 
   New Castle, PA  16101
  

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What information is needed to file a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form?

  • Hospital name (or location of birth)
  • City, boro, township of birth
  • County of birth
  • If known, please list court, docket number, county, state and date of adoption

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Is there a filing fee?

 

No.

 

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Can the form be submitted electronically?

 

No.  The form must be notarized; therefore, it will be necessary to submit the form by mail to the following address:  

 

   Division of Vital Records
   Attn:  Adoption Registry
   101 S. Mercer Street, Room 401
   PO Box 1528 
   New Castle, PA  16101

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May a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form be updated?

 

No.  If a name or address is changed, it will be necessary to complete a new form.


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Can a biological parent withdraw his or her consent once it is filed?

 

Yes.  To withdraw consent, it will be necessary for a biological parent to complete a Withdrawal of Biological Parent Consent form.  This form may be requested by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH or (724) 656-3100 or by mailing a request to:

 

 
   Division of Vital Records
   Attn:  Adoption Registry
   101 S. Mercer Street, Room 401
   PO Box 1528 
   New Castle, PA  16101

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How An Adoptee Can Find Out If A Biological Parent Has Registered

Who may obtain information regarding biological parents?

What information is required to find out if a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form is on file?

Is there a search fee to find out if a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form is on file?

Are there any other requirements?

How may I request whether the biological parent(s) consented to release information?

What information is received if both biological parents have filed Parent Registration Identification Forms?

What happens if only one biological parent files a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form?

What happens if neither biological parent files a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form?

What happens if a biological parent files a consent form after the Division of Vital Records processes a request?


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Who may obtain information regarding biological parents?

To determine if a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form is filed, a request may be submitted by an adoptee who is at least 18 years of age. The adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adoptee who is less than 18 years of age may also submit a request.

 

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What information is required to find out if a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form is on file?

 

·         Name of child after adoption (first, middle, last)

·         Date of birth

·         City, boro, township of birth

·         County of birth

·         Adoptive father's name

·         Adoptive mother's maiden name (first, middle, last)

·         Applicant's mailing address

·         Applicant's daytime telephone number, including area code


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Is there a search fee to find out if a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form is on file?

 

Yes. There is a $10.00 fee to conduct this search.


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Are there any other requirements?

 

Yes, it will be necessary to submit a completed application form with a legible copy of government issued photo identification of the adoptee or adoptive parent.  Examples of acceptable identification are a state issued driver's license, state issued non-driver photo ID, etc.  

 

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How may I request whether the biological parent(s) consented to release information?

 

All requests must be submitted on an Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record form and include the signature and photo ID of the adoptee or adoptive parent submitting the request.  Indicate on the application form in the entry entitled "Intended Use of Certified Copy" that you are requesting if the biological parent(s) have filed a consent form.  You may download the application form


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What information is received if both biological parents have filed Parent Registration Identification Forms?

 

The Division of Vital Records will release the current names and addresses of the parents as well as a certified copy of the original birth record prior to adoption.  


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What happens if only one biological parent files a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form?

 

The Division of Vital Records will release the current name and address of the consenting parent only. 


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What happens if neither biological parent files a Biological Parent Registration Identification Form?

 

Under these circumstances, information cannot be released by the Division of Vital Records.  The requestor is then referred to the appropriate court of adoption for further assistance.


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What happens if a biological parent files a consent form after the Division of Vital Records processes a request?

 

If consent is received at a later date, the identifying information will not be sent to the adoptee.  Therefore, an adoptee may wish to request periodically to determine if a consent form has been filed.

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