How to Get a Copy of Adoption Records
The DFPS Closed Adoption Records unit maintains adoption records for individuals who have been adopted through the Child Protective Services program only. If your adoption was consummated through a private adoption placement agency, your records will be maintained either by that placement agency, or the Central Adoption Registry. If you are unsure of what agency placed you, please contact the Central Adoption Registry maintained by the Texas Department of State Health Services at 512-458-7388.
How Can I Get My Records?
In the State of Texas, adoption records are sealed by law. However, an adoptee can obtain a redacted copy of their adoption record. The redacted copy will have certain personal information deleted to ensure privacy of the involved individuals. In order to honor a request for closed adoption records the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services must have been involved in the placement and adoption of the adoptee.
To inquire if DFPS was involved in your adoption, please call 512-929-6764 or toll free at 1-877-764-7230.
For forms and more information on submitting a request for records, read Obtaining a Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), or Child Care Licensing Case Record.