Information Currently Available (much of this was obtained through Tina's State by State Adoption Links)
Alabama - has a registry; intermediaries may do search via registry filings
Alaska - has open records.
Arizona - has a state-run confidential intermediary program.
Arkansas - has a registry; may have an intermediary program.
California - is currently considering an unconditional access bill. www.caopen2001.org
Connecticut - agencies may be requested o do search.
Delaware - if birth parents have not filed a veto, adoptees can obtain the original birth certificate.
Florida - has a registry; in certain circumstances, it is possible to petition for an intermediary to conduct a search.
Georgia - proposed bill would restore unconditional access to birth certificates for adult adoptees. http://eagleforgeorgians.4t.com
Hawaii - unknown
Idaho - has a registry.
Illinois - has a confidential intermediary program.
Indiana - appears to have a registry and intermediary program.
Iowa - is a closed state.
Kansas - has open records.
Kentucky - court ordered searches appear to be possible.
Louisiana - considering an unrestricted access bill. http://laa.digimarkz.com
Maine- has a registry.
Maryland - has confidential intermediary program.
Michigan - has a confidential intermediary program. www.geocities.com/Adoption Connections
Minnesota - agencies may conduct searches.
Mississippi - has a registry and may allow search via registry intermediaries.
Missouri - bill pending that would open access to adult adoptees to the original birth certificate upon request. http://site.yahoo.com/adoptee-rights.
Montana - has a confidential intermediary program.
Nebraska - allows agency search.
New Hampshire - proposed bill would allow adult adoptees access to original birth certificates and final decrees of adoption.
Nevada - has a registry.
New Hampshire - opened access to original birth certificates as of 1/05.
New Jersey - proposed bill would grant adoptees access to identifying information subject to a disclosure veto. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us, then click CSB for S2002, S1932 and S300.
New Mexico - has an intermediary program.
New York - has a registry.
North Carolina - non-identifying and health history may be released.
North Dakota - an agency is allowed to search if the birth parent did not sign a veto.
Ohio - the adoptee has access to the original birth certificate if the adoption occurred prior to 1/1/64.
Oklahoma - has a registry.
Oregon - has an intermediary program.
Pennsylvania - allows an agency intermediary to conduct a search.
Rhode Island - is closed.
South Carolina - has a confidential intermediary program. www.southcarolinalocator.com
South Dakota - has a registry.
Tennessee - has open records.
Texas - various changes have occurred to a bill attempting to release the original birth certificate. www.txcare.org/.. It has a registry and agency intermediary service.
Utah - has a registry.
Vermont - has a registry.
Virginia - adoption agency personnel can act as intermediaries.
Washington - has an intermediary program.
West Virginia - is closed but appears to have a registry.
Wisconsin - an attempt is being made to privatize the Wisconsin State Adoption Records Search Program.
Wyoming - has a confidential intermediary law.