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Thread: OT Adoption Records - Colorado?

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    OT Adoption Records - Colorado?

    I find it easier to surf the Internet in the middle of the night because the web is usually faster. I got started looking for Adoption Records tonight and need some input of who can request these records.

    My husband's oldest sister (now deceased) is/was 20 1/2 years older than he is. He doesn't know much about her younger life. We think she had a baby boy out of wedlock when she was 18 and surrendered him for adoption. We know that he is looking for her. Can DH get these records? Or does it have have to come from her? Can her younger daughter get the records? Wouldn't he be astonished to learn he had 5 half siblings?

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    Good Morning---

    While I do not know the correct answer, I wish you lots of luck. It sounds like your dh just wants to find the rest of his family. If you know where the mother was when the baby was born, perhaps your dh and his nieces/nephews, could leave letters of their interest in finding him. If you know his name, look on Facebook too. Don't give up, however. In our small town, a mature (40-50) year old adoptee just found her family last year. Again, good luck to your dh and his family...all of them!

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    Thanks for starting this post. My cousin (50ish), was adopted, and has recently asked family if anyone knows anything about his biological parent/s. Thus far, no leads for him. I get the impression from responses to his quest, that, back then, it was a time that no one spoke of these things (adoption). Sorry I do not have an answer for you, but will be curious to see any help from others and good luck in your search.

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    Of course your husband would be related but I would think her daughter would have a better chance. good luck.

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    My adopted brother went from thinking he was an only child to finding out he had a rather large family. He found out through his first adopted mother (long story) and my parents helped him figure out the whys and wherefores...wish I had more information to share, but I don't and can't get any more as he is now deceased. I do remember that it involved interaction with the courts in the city where he was born, but that's about it...and I think his first adopted mother had to give consent or something to that effect. Sorry I can't offer more help.
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    Since her son is wanting to find out info (& he is her direct descendant), I would think he could find out. Try googling it & see if that sheds any more light on it. I don't know if the "rules" are federal or if it goes state by state. You might also try looking at some adoption sites online -- maybe they have instructions or suggestions about how to go about it. He can't be the only person who wants to do this.
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    Have your sister-in-law give her contact information to the adoption agency that handled the adoption. Also she needs give her written permission to give out her information to her son. If the adoption agency has closed, contact the agency that is handling the records. I would assume a state agency is probably involved.

    I know a friend who was adopted from The Tennessee Children's Adoption Agency about 60+years ago. Due to some illegal activity by the director and a judge, the state opened the adoption records to the children that were adopted during that period of time. My friend's brother was able to find his biological mother and half sister. They could not find anyone in her family, but through the records she received, she was able to research the genealogy of her birth parents. In researching the genealogy, she found a living cousin on one parent's side who was open to talking to her.

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    I just reread your note. Since you sister-in-law is deceased, have your husband give permission for his contact information to be given to the nephew if that is possible.

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    Has he considered that his sister that is almost 21 years older than he, is really his birth mother. Sometimes when a girl has an out of wedlock child, her parents adopt the child. That could explain to him where that child went---nowhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeank View Post
    Has he considered that his sister that is almost 21 years older than he, is really his birth mother. Sometimes when a girl has an out of wedlock child, her parents adopt the child. That could explain to him where that child went---nowhere.
    I wondered about that too, but my dh is 20 years older than his baby sister. His parents really were parents to two "only" children. She is just four years older than our dd.

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