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Missouri Adoption Records

Pre-1917 St. Louis City
Deeds of Adoption

- Free Search: Deeds of Adoption Index
- Purchase Copies

1917 to Present
Missouri Adoption Records

Missouri Adoption and Foster Care Laws
Chapter 453 Revised Statutes of Missouri

Since July 1917, adoptions in Missouri have been under the jurisdiction of circuit courts and are
sealed court records.

Adult adoptees may request non-identifying information regarding biological parents- physical description, nationality, religious background, medical history- from the Circuit Court where the adoption was finalized.

    For adoptions granted by
St. Louis City Circuit Court Contact:

Family Court
Juvenile Division's Legal Dept.
920 N. Vandeventer Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

  St. Louis City Family Court
Brochure with
Adoption Search Information

    Contact Information for
All Missouri Circuit Courts

An adult adoptee, biological parent, or biological sibling may sign-up with the

Missouri Adoption
Information Registry

Illinois Circuit Court Adoption Records

Since 1867, adoptions in Illinois have been under
the jurisdiction of county courts/circuit courts.

Contact Information for
All Illinois Circuit Courts

In 2010, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law enabling access to more than non-identifying information.

Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange