A woman who gives birth to a baby will typically complete a birth certificate before she leaves the hospital. While she can get a copy of this birth certificate, in nearly all states adoption
records and the new birth certificate issued in the adopting family name are sealed and withheld from the public after the adoption has taken place. To maintain confidentiality, most States have carefully controlled
procedures to obtain non-identifying and identifying information from an adoption record.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway article Access to Adoption Records addresses the above issue. To
see how your state addresses this issue, you can visit the above CWIG site or visit Laws for Child Adoption.