Oklahoma has an intermediary system. There is tiered Original Birth Certificate access for Adoptees; post 1997 adoptions there is a disclosure veto. Adopted adults adopted before 1997 can only access their birth records by court order.
Who May Access Birth Records in Oklahoma
Per Oklahoma Adoption Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7505-6.6
For adoptions finalized after 11-1-1997, an uncertified copy of the original birth certificate is available to an adopted person, age 18 or older, upon written request under the following conditions:
- He or she presents proof of identity.
- There are no birth siblings under age 18 who are currently in an adoptive family and whose whereabouts are known.
- The natural parents have not filed affidavits of nondisclosure.
Original birth certificates are also available upon order of the court for good cause shown, pursuant to § 7505-1.1. for adoptions finalized before 11-1-1997 in Oklahoma.
Current Adoptee Rights Legislation in Oklahoma
Oklahoma House Bill 2634 passed out of the House Floor on March 12, 2012 with 93-0 vote! For more information please see Oklahoma Open! You can also follow the bill and help write letters when needed by LIKING and following the Oklahoma Page on Facebook.
Access to Nonidentifying Adoption Information in Oklahoma
Per Oklahoma Adoption Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7508-1.3: If the person who is the subject of the search is not willing to share identifying information, meet, or communicate with the person who initiated the search, the confidential intermediary shall attempt to obtain any non-identifying medical or social history information that has been requested by the person who has initiated the search.
If nonidentifying medical or social history information was obtained, the administrator shall provide a copy of the nonidentifying information to the person who initiated the search.
Access to Identifying Adoption Information in Oklahoma
Per Oklahoma Adoption Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, §§ 7508-1.2; 7508-1.3
The department shall establish a search program using the services of a confidential intermediary that may be used by eligible persons listed above to locate an adult birth relative with whom contact has been lost through adoption.
If a natural relative of an adopted person, other than a natural parent, applies to initiate a search or is the subject of a search, the administrator of the confidential intermediary search program shall ascertain from the State Registrar of Vital Statistics whether an affidavit of nondisclosure by a birth parent is on file. If such an affidavit is on file and has not been revoked, the search may not be initiated.
The intermediary will conduct a reasonable search for an individual being sought and make a discreet and confidential inquiry as to whether the individual consents to the release of identifying information or medical information or to meeting or communicating with the individual initiating the search. If the individual initiating the search and the individual being sought consent in writing to meet or to communicate with each other, the intermediary will act to facilitate any meeting or communication between them. If the confidential intermediary is able to locate the subject of the search, he or she shall make a discreet and confidential inquiry as to whether the person who is the subject of the search will consent to share identifying information, communicate, or meet with the person who initiated the search. The inquiry shall be by personal and confidential contact, without disclosing the identifying information about the person who initiated the search.
If the person who is the subject of the search is willing to share identifying information, communicate, or meet with the person who initiated the search, the confidential intermediary shall obtain this consent in writing.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services Post Adoption: Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry
The Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry is a registry established by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) for adult adoptees and individuals separated from birth family members through termination of parental rights proceedings. It allows these individuals and their birth family relatives to indicate their willingness to have their identity and whereabouts disclosed to one another. If an adoptee and one of his birth family members both register, a “match” between the adoptee and a birth family member can result in a reunion. The same applies to individuals and their relatives separated by a termination of parental rights proceeding.
To get on the Oklahoma Adoption Registry, you must complete the Oklahoma Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry form. It must be notarized before you mail it. You must submit one of the following as proof of your identity:
- a photocopy of your current driver’s license
- a photocopy of your social security card, or
- a photocopy of your birth certificate.
There is a $20 registration fee. The fee must be included with your completed, notarized Oklahoma Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry form. Make your check or money order only payable to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Reunion Registry. If you move, it is essential that you notify us of your new address and phone number so we can notify you if a relative contacts OKDHS. Request the form from Martha Hopcus at (405) 521-3832.
Oklahoma’s Confidential Intermediary Adoption Search Program
The services of a confidential intermediary in Oklahoma are available to:
- The adult adopted person
- The legal parent or guardian of the child of a deceased adopted person
- The adult descendant of a deceased adopted person
- The natural parent
- The adult natural sibling or grandparent of an adult adopted person
- The sibling of a deceased natural parent
OKDHS has a Confidential Intermediary Search program that provides search services for eligible persons to locate their birth relatives. There is a $400 fee for the first search and a $200 fee for each additional search. You must be registered on the Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry for six months before requesting a search. The person who is the subject of the search must sign an agreement that they wish to be found. If they do not wish to be found, their identity will not be disclosed. There is no refund for the search fee, regardless of the outcome of the search.