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How do I find adoption records in New York State?

Adoption records maintained by the Family Court or the Surrogate's Court are permanently sealed pursuant to the Domestic Relations Law Section 114. The records may be disclosed only by a judge's order "on good cause and on due notice to the adoptive parents and to such additional persons as the court may direct."

For further information regarding access to court records in New York State , contact the New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration. The New York Department of Health maintains an adoption information registry on their web site.

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