**New Medical History Form Available Below**
PRE-ADOPTION BIRTH RECORDS
(Pre-adoption Birth Record, Contact Preference, Medical History)
Each order should show the adoptee's mailing address and daytime telephone number. Our office will call if we find the applicant has not given us correct and complete record information that matches the legal birth certificate. Attorneys should include a written statement of whom they represent and the current legal birth record information listed above. Anyone else ordering needs a permission note with a notarized signature of the adoptee to show they are representing the adoptee.
Applicants may order by mail or in person. However, due to the special processing steps, copies may not be issued the same day or even the following day. Orders for pre-adoption records may take several weeks to process.
Processing steps include:
Processing of orders for preadoption birth records will normally take anywhere from one day to four to six weeks. In a few cases where the sealed file is not easily identified or found, additional time may be needed to research and locate the file. In these cases the adoptee will be notified of the results of the search and the specific problem in locating the preadoption record.
The information on this preadoption birth certificate was provided by the birth parent(s) at the time of your birth. The information may or may not be accurate. At the time of a child's birth, a birth parent may give a child any name they want or they may not name the child. The mother's name and the father's name on this document may or may not be accurate. After the adoption was finalized, the birth parent(s) could not make any changes to the birth record.
If you want more information about locating birth parent(s), you may want to contact the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (formally known as the NH Division of Welfare). They can be reached at 603-271-4702 or 800-852-3345 ext. 4702. If you know what adoption agency handled your adoption, you should contact that adoption agency directly.
SB335 applies to the release of the original birth certificate, the contact preference form and the updated medical history file that are contained in the sealed file maintained by the Division of Vital Records Administration. We must receive a copy of a certified court order to release any other adoption report contained in the sealed file.
A New Hampshire adoption agency may have additional medical information not contained in the Division’s file. You should contact the adoption agency that was involved with your adoption for this information. If you do not know what adoption agency was involved, you may call the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families at 603-271-4702 or 800-852-3345 ext. 4702.
The DCYF Adoption Program is available to assist adoptees, birth parents, biological siblings, and other eligible persons who wish to learn more about an adoption that was completed in the State of New Hampshire and is an intermediary in communicating information if both parties consent.
If you were party to an adoption completed in New Hampshire and would like more information, contact New Hampshire DCYF at 603-271-4702 or 800-852-3345 ext. 4702. Many other private agencies in the state maintain their own mutual consent registries.
Additional contact information is available in this document:
BIRTH PARENTS MAY FILE CONTACT PREFERENCE FORMS
SB335 provides a way for birth parents to file a form with the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration stating their preference about personal contact with the adoptee. The completed preference form will be filed in the adoptee’s sealed file. Contact preference forms are provided to adoptees when the birth records are released.
If the birth parent wants contact, he/she may complete the CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM (available below) and mail it directly to:
of Vital Records Administration oordinator -2410
If the birth parent does not want contact, a Birth Parent Updated Medical History form (available below) must be filed with the Division at the address above along with the Contact Preference Form.
The birth parent may invite contact, but only through an intermediary. In this case, intermediary contact help for the adoptee may be obtained through the agencies listed in this document: Fact Sheet.
If you have any questions about the forms or the filing of these forms, you may call the Division of Vital Records Administration at 603-271-4650.
Open and/or download the document below to see what effect the new law has had on the workload of our office. This document provides up-to-date information on the numbers of preadoption records requested at our counter, along with the numbers of contact preference forms and medical history forms filed with our office.
2012 Preadoption Stats (20kb)
2011 Preadoption Stats (12kb)
2010 Preadoption Stats (12kb)
2009 Preadoption Stats (52kb)
2008 Preadoption Stats (11kb)
2007 Preadoption Stats (11kb)
2005 Preadoption Stats (11kb)
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