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I Am A Relative of an Adoptee

Any member of the birth family can send letters to VDSS to be included in the adoption file. If the adoptee requests a search, a copy of the letter will be given to the adoptee at that time. Family members, such as a spouse or descendants of the adoptee, cannot have access to the adoptee's record.

How Do I add information to a record?

What To Expect?

  • You will receive a letter from VDSS, confirming receipt of your information
  • Verification that an adoption is on file cannot be provided
  • If an adoption file is located, your information will be added to the permanent record and made available if the adoptee submits a request

Who do I contact if I have questions?

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(deaf or hard-of-hearing):

(800) 828-1120, or 711