has a "mutual consent registry," designed to connect adoptees, birthparents,
and siblings who all expressly indicate their willingness to be
reunited. The registry is known as the Central Adoption Registry,
or "Central Registry" for short. It's maintained in Lansing, by
the FIA [Family Independence Agency].
includes registrations from birth parents and siblings of adopted
persons. Adoptees cannot register. Instead, adoptees can only request
that an adoption agency or court check with the registry to see
if a birthparent or sibling is registered there. An adoptee cannot
directly request a check him or herself.
are an adoptee, when you obtain your non-identifying information
you should make sure to ask the agency or court to check the registry
you are a birthparent or a sibling, you can ask for the form from
the agency or court, and send it to the registry in Lansing. You
can also download registration forms HERE
needs a huge caveat. This is a very imperfect system. Certain people
on the MichiganSearching mailing list have reported that they and
their siblings have all registered, yet no match has been made.
Making things worse is a complete lack of publicity, which means
that very few even know that Michigan has a registry. Finally, some
"alleged" birthfathers, who have not formally acknowledged paternity,
might have registered, but the state may not make the match because
their paternity is not "official."
of these makes the registry a hit and miss proposition, but it is
still a tool that should be used by anyone searching. However, if
no match is made, the searcher should in no way assume that the
"other side" does not want to be found. There are simply too many
other reasons why things may not have worked out.
everyone searching should be registered with the International Soundex
Reunion Registry ["ISRR"].It's free, and a good place to have your
can get more information HERE
download a registration form HERE