From the late 1800s through to the 1970s, several maternity homes operated in the Kansas City, Missouri area. If your adoption was finalized in the KC area or if you relinquished a child while in this area, it is recommended that you check to see if any information crossed over the state line into Kansas. Use the CONTACT US on this website to determine if there is information available for you.
If you were born in Kansas City (Jackson County) and do not know your birth name, contact the following individual who, for a $25 fee, can check his purchased copy of the Jackson County birth index:
John Apel - 773-792-1298 firstname.lastname@example.org
Info on new Missouri law that took effect August 28, 2011:
MISSOURI INFORMATION – JACKSON COUNTY (Kansas City)
Circuit Court of Jackson County
Attn: Rosalee Schottel
625 E. 26th
Kansas City, MO 64108
Adoptee can request from court:
Note: on rare occasions there may be little or no information on social history.
When a request is made, Rosalee will send out a packet of information that includes the necessary consent forms, a copy of the current Missouri law and a list of court approved search agencies and a list of their charges (average cost is $200). That agency then obtains the identifying information from the court and conducts a search for the birth parent. If the birth father is named in the records, consent must be obtained from both birth mother and birth father. If both birth parents are deceased, the case is closed with no contact with any other family members.
Note: If an adoptee needs, but does not have, their Missouri Adoption Decree, contact the court and a copy can be sent to you. There will be a considerable length of time before this document is sent as most of these documents are handwritten and they must be typed and copied by clerical staff.
What is the current status of bills to allow adult adoptee access to the Original Birth Certificate (OBC) in Missouri?
Missouri Legislation on Adoption:
Missouri House of Repersenatives http://www.house.mo.gov/
Missouri Senate http://www.senate.mo.gov/
(Contact Carolyn Pooler at Gapmother@aol.com for updates.)