Contact Veto Registry

The Contact Veto Registry allows adoptees, birth parents and certain eligible individuals to express written willingness, or unwillingness, for contact with persons who seek to contact them.

For example, a birth sibling can register to indicate a desire to be contacted by a sibling who may be searching his or her adoption records. Or, a birth parent can indicate an unwillingness to be contacted should adoption records ever be shared.

Please note, registering does not initiate a search for an individual. If you would like to begin a search please refer to “Access to Records.”

If You Were Adopted

You do not have to register with the registry, for adopted individuals are notified anytime anyone tries to access their record and they must give written consent or denial for the release of any identifying information.

The Contact Veto Registry applies to: 

  • birth and adoptive parents
  • birth and adoptive siblings
  • lineal ancestor of the adopted person
  • lineal descendant of the adopted person
  • spouse of the adopted person
  • legal representative of any of these people

Follow the law

It is a violation, punishable by law, to contact these individuals without going through the provisions of the registry, and to use the information obtained to cause harm or injury to any individual. You cannot use the information obtained from the records to contact an individual who has filed a contact veto.

To Register

Registration must be on a form supplied by the Department, and contain an original signature. Forms may be requested by contacting:

Department of Children’s Services
Post Adoption Services
315 Deaderick Street
UBS Tower, 9th Floor
(615) 532-5637

Fee

There is a $25 fee to register, payable when the form is submitted.

What You Should Know

  • Should a person desire contact, he or she may describe the method of contact either directly or asking for contact through one or more parties.
  • Individuals who have filed their preference for contact may vary or withdraw their contact veto registration at any time.
  • Persons being sought, but who have not filed with the registry, and who are located by the Post Adoption staff, will be given the opportunity to register for contact if desired. They are given 90 days to return this information.
  • Decisions regarding the desires for contact by the person being sought will be shared with the person requesting service.