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How do I petition the court for my original birth certificate or to open my sealed adoption file?

Georgia Law, Code Section 19-8-23, requires that certain conditions are met in order for sealed adoption records to be examined by parties at interest in the adoption and their attorneys. If the primary goal is to locate and/or learn the identity of a biological connection, the Reunion Registry needs to be contacted prior to petitioning the court, as Georgia law requires such efforts. If petitioning the court appears to be the appropriate course of action, the Reunion Registry will refer you to the DHS Social Services Administration Unit to obtain more specific information regarding this process. You may also want to consult an adoption attorney.

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