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Access to adoption records

Learn more about accessing adoption paperwork and records.

All adoption paperwork held by the court is not available to the public, unless a judge orders otherwise. An adopted person can’t see their adoption court files about their biological parents without proving to the court that there is a good reason to do so. Placement agencies can only release certain information to an adopted person, adoptive parent, or biological parent.

The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics has a procedure for people who have been adopted and want to see their birth records under M.G. L. c. 210, § 5D.

Visit the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to apply for a pre-adoption birth record.

To access historic adoption records, please see Get access to historic adoption records.

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