Access adoption records for birth parents

In the State of Tennessee, birth parents have the following rights after their child has been adopted:

  • Once an adopted child reaches the age of 21, eligible parties, including birth parents, can request access to the child’s adoption record if that child gives written consent.
  • The state can release non-identifying information to a birth parent without the consent of the adopted child. 
  • The Contact Veto Registry is available to a parent that voluntarily surrenders their parental rights. This Registry allows parents, siblings, spouses, grandchildren and legal representatives of the adopted child to maintain a record of their contact information.
  • If an adopted child wants to make contact with a person on the registry after they turn 21, they will have access to this information if they request it. 

For more information

You may call 615-532-5637 to speak with someone regarding the Contact Veto Registry.
You may also mail requests for information to:

Department of Children’s Services
Attn: Post Adoption Unit
UBS Tower, 9th Floor
315 Deaderick Street 
Nashville, TN 37243-1290