The most common requests we receive are from adult adoptees who are seeking medical history information, or are searching for their birth parents or siblings. The steps towards those outcomes will vary depending on the type of adoption that occurred.
CENTRAL ADOPTION REGISTRY
The Central Adoption Registry is maintained by the Michigan Department of Human Services and contains statements from former parents and former adult siblings’ only. Those statements indicate whether the former parents and/or former adult siblings are consenting to or denying the release of identifying information. Information from the Central Adoption Registry will be forwarded to adoption agencies and courts upon request so they can determine what type of information can be released to an adult adoptee. The Registry may only be accessed by the court or agency.
ADULTS WHO WERE WARDS OF THE STATE AND IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM PRIOR TO ADOPTION
Should contact the Post Adoption Inquiry Specialist, Nanette Salyer at the Department of Human Services. She can be reached at (517) 335-6075 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
ADULTS WHO WERE NOT IN FOSTER CARE AND WERE VOLUNTARILY RELEASED FOR ADOPTION
Should contact the Family Division of Circuit Court in the county where the adoption was finalized. This is routinely the county where the adoptive parents resided at the time of adoption.
Please note that Lutheran Adoption Service opened in March, 1977. Adoptions through a Lutheran organization prior to that date, were handled by either Samaritas (formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan) or Wellspring Lutheran Services (formerly Lutheran Child and Family Services of Michigan).