Montgomery County Court Response to Adoption Search Inquiry

3-15-99 Response from Helen Blair Schuler, Administrator Orphans' Court Services

P.O. Box 311 Norristown, PA 19404-0311 Telephone: (610) 278-3948

If you file a petition and it is approved by the Court, you are entitled to non- identifying information (e.g. nationality, religion, etc.) From the file, provided it is available in the file. If you are interested in receiving this information you must fill out a "Petition For Release Of Limited Information" and mail it with a check in the amount of $50 made payable to "Clerk of the Orphans' Court".

If you wish to initiate a search for the birthparents to obtain their consent to release their identity, a "Petition for Release of Identifying Information must be completed and filed. The fee for this service is $150.

If you are requesting the release of both Limited and Identifying information, complete both petitions and forward a check in the amount of $150 made payable to the Register of Wills.

Please understand that legal obligations of confidentiality prevent me from doing anything other than what has already been stated. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding the petitions or the procedure.

(Copies of both petitions were enclosed)

(A waiver of confidentiality was enclosed along with a letter which is sent to biological parents advising them of their continuing right to place and update personal and medical history information with the court and with the Department of Public Welfare.)

You may also grant the court and the Department of Health permission to disclose the information contained in the adoptee's original certificate of birth or any other identifying information pertaining to the biological parents.

Forms for the court and the Department of Health were enclosed with the letter.

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