Arizona Adoption Records

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In Arizona, adoption records are handled by the Office of Vital Records. After an adoption, the Office of Vital records is responsible for amending the original birth certificate. Once the original birth certificate is amended, it is sealed by the court, along with the adoption certificate.
Arizona adoption records are kept confidential and sealed, unless otherwise authorized by a court order.  
However, Arizona law allows adopted children (18 years or older), birth parents, adoptive parents of an adoptee (if the adoptee is 18 years or older), and biological siblings (18 years or older) of an adopted person to access information in adoption records through the help of a Confidential Intermediary (A.R.S §8-134. Confidential Intermediary). The Confidential Intermediary is granted access to the sealed court records to obtain information to locate a party. To protect the privacy of all involved, consent from all parties is required before any information is shared. A list of certified Confidential Intermediaries in Arizona can be found here.

14 thoughts on “Arizona Adoption Records

  1. gladys scalph schuerg

    I can’t find my birth certificate. Was it changed when my step mother adopted my sister and I? How can i get a record?

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  2. Mark L Geisinger

    I am searching for an adoption record that happened in Arizona in 2006 or 2007 (I’m unsure). I am at a loss as of where to go for these records and any input would be appreciated.

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  3. Lisa

    i am interested in looking for my birth parents. I was born in Phx, Az. and would like to know how I can/or who do i get in touch with to find out if the records are open, so if I would like to contact them, they have left information for me, ie: there names, where they live, etc…

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  4. Dee

    My father was adopted in AZ in 1947. I’m gonna have a hard time getting permission for his records since he’s passed away. So have his biological parents and the adoptive stepfather. Now what? Thanks!

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    1. CarolT

      Using our website link for Arizona birth and death records “http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/Arizona-Birth-Records.htm”, you will find links for each of the Arizona counties. Usually, the State Vital Records Office also handles adoption records. You might find our September blog article regarding adoptions interesting.

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    1. CarolT

      Adoption records are generally handled by State Vital Records Offices where birth records are held. You can check our Birth Records Resources website for your specific state to check for any online information regarding adoption records. We also have another blog article published in September 2013, which gives some tips on where and how to search our Public Records website for adoption records. Good luck with your search.

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  5. Debra Allen

    If you are still searching, take a couple of minutes and read the following information, which can be useful to you in your search.

    Most adoptees, birth parents and siblings are not aware of the 1992 law in Arizona which allows the use of a C.I. – Confidential Intermediary to search for their family member post adoption. I am a C.I. for Arizona and certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to access upon request the sealed adoption records and view the original birth certificate.

    How the C.I. program works but you have to meet the criteria of the following to search:

    The adoptee is over the age of 21 years and
    adoptee was born in Arizona and the adoption was finalized in Arizona
    adoptee was born in Arizona and the adoption was finalized in another state
    adoptee was born in another state or country and adoption was finalized in Arizona

    You are the birth mother or birth father where the birth took place in Arizona or the adoption was finalized in Arizona

    You are a sibling of a child born in Arizona or the adoption was finalized in Arizona and the adoptee is over the age of 21 years and you are over the age of 18 years.

    The adoptee’s birth parents are deceased and you are the grandparent you may search as long as the adoptee is over the age of 21 years and you can show proof that the birth parent(s) is deceased.

    If you are still searching, take a couple of minutes and read the following information, which can be useful to you in your search.

    Most adoptees, birth parents and siblings are not aware of the 1992 law in Arizona which allows the use of a C.I. – Confidential Intermediary to search for their family member post adoption. I am a C.I. for Arizona and certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to access upon request the sealed adoption records and view the original birth certificate.

    How the C.I. program works but you have to meet the criteria of the following to search:

    The adoptee is over the age of 21 years and
    adoptee was born in Arizona and the adoption was finalized in Arizona
    adoptee was born in Arizona and the adoption was finalized in another state
    adoptee was born in another state or country and adoption was finalized in Arizona

    You are the birth mother or birth father where the birth took place in Arizona or the adoption was finalized in Arizona

    You are a sibling of a child born in Arizona or the adoption was finalized in Arizona and the adoptee is over the age of 21 years and you are over the age of 18 years.

    The adoptee’s birth parents are deceased and you are the grandparent you may search as long as the adoptee is over the age of 21 years and you can show proof that the birth parent(s) is deceased.

    More information about the program can be found on my web site http://www.alleninv.com or the State of Arizona web site. http://www.arizona.gov

    Best regards,

    Debra Allen
    Arizona Certified Confidential Intermediary (C.I.), Badge #30402
    1990 McCulloch Blvd, Suite #D-252
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403
    928-846-7208 fax 800-669-7008
    http://www.alleninv.com Allen Investigations
    Facebook
    debra@alleninv.com

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  6. Amber Harrison

    I’m searching for my sister I’m unsure when the adoption took place but she was born December, 1995 I am unsure of the day her name after adoption was Jasmine Decker, I have been looking for her for almost a year now.

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    1. CarolT

      Thank you for the note regarding your search for adoption records. Since you didn’t mention the state, our September 2013 blog article entitled “New Adoption Law in Washington State” might be of assistance to you because it gives suggestions for finding adoption records in not only Washington but a number of other states. I hope that our article is helpful and that you find the information that you are searching for.

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  7. Patricia Colyer

    I used a confidential intermediary and was disappointed….she did find out that my birth father was deceased and my birth mother is alive. I am seeking my medical records for my daugher as I have some medical issues that could be potentially fatal. My CI didn’t keep in touch with me or even let me know when she found out information. I paid her but I had to do the contacting to get information.

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  8. ORLIZ ESPIRTUSANTO

    I am interested in searching for my sister she was born around 2002 her Name was Alana Rocio not sure what last name was given to her I was very young when it took place, she was adopted around 2005/2006 here in Arizona , she currently lives in Arizona.The last name may be Tanner, or Espiritusanto.Please help me find my sister she may be around 15 /16 Blonde curly hair ,slim please help me find her !!!

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  9. Sherri Street

    My brother was born on Dec. 16, 1971 in Maricopa County, Arizona. We do not now a birth surname and really could use some help on how to go about finding his birth parents. He was told his birth father died in prison, thsi is something we really would like to know if it is true also.

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  10. PATRICIA YOUNG

    in Hello out there to every one who reads this. I myself am looking for my birth parents/information leading to them. My name is patricia young now due to marriain 2015.My original birth name was patrina but was changed to patricia marie niemier six months after I was born.I was born in phoenix az at marcopa county general hospital at 7:45 am I have blond hair ,and blue eyes. I also had a brother named sam who was alittle older then my self,I also have a younger sister somewhere out there.I was adopted by the niemier family .Betty marie shemp and roddney niemier .If any one can help me find my family I would be ever gratefull . I am not upset that I was given up just want to get to know where I came from.who my family is and introduce them to my new family.

    Also I’m have been despertly trying to reach my youngest doughters foster placement.Her name is jenaifer she was given custody of my doughter on September 8th 2015 and is currently going to adopt her into their family.This was in Tucson az they now live on the far east side of Tucson on possably a small ranch where her and her husband are going to be running a grouphome for foster kids.I really want her to concider allowing but me contact with my child .I know we had discussed this in the past never continued.Im looking for her because not only am I hopeing this will reach her but also to let her know charisma has two other sibblings out there who if some one can get them together.I feel that they should know of each other and possably have visits together.
    This is all that I ask of you the general population .please help a grieving mother to find her only family.THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

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