Adopted Adult & Birth Parent Searches

Adoption is a lifelong journey.

Catholic Charities can provide support, background information and help coordinate possible reunions between birth parents and adopted adults.

Older WomanBirth Parent & Adoptee Searches

We can help locate birth mothers, and sometimes birth fathers, for adoptees over the age of nineteen who were placed for adoption through Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota.

Birth parents may ask Catholic Charities to locate the child they placed for adoption who are now over the age of nineteen.

Adoptive parents may make the same request on behalf of their adopted child before the child’s nineteenth birthday.

The possibility of reconnecting is a major life decision. Our social workers can help you process the possibility.

Background Summary Searches

Catholic Charities can also collect non-identifying background social and medical information summaries about a birth family for adoptees.

We can also provide resources for support groups, adoption-competent therapists and other options to help you through your journey.

If you would like to know more or would like to discuss your desire to search, call 507-287-2047 or email

**Please note that each adoption agency holds their own records, so we can only assist with searches for children placed through Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota. We do not have access to adoption records from Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St Paul. To request those records, click here. If you are not sure which Minnesota agency holds your adoption records, you may request this information through Foster Adopt MN.

Please note an important change regarding Original Birth Certificates:

Effective July 1, 2024, adopted individuals will be able to request and receive original birth record information if:

  • They were born in Minnesota, or
  • A Minnesota child-placing agency was responsible for or supervised the adoptive placement.

As of Aug. 1, 2023, birthparents will be able to indicate their preference for contact on the Birth Parent Contact Preference Form, developed by the Minnesota Department of Health. Effective June 30, 2024, all previously filed consents to disclosure or affidavits of nondisclosure become void and will no longer be in effect.

This upcoming change is only effective for Original Birth Records. Adoption records remain classified as confidential data.

More information about accessing original birth records is available on MDH’s Birth Records and Adoption webpage.

Also effective July 1, 2024, adopted individuals may request post-adoption services from agencies starting at the age of 18, rather than 19.