Our Virtual Office is open 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and closed holidays. We do not accept walk-ins or appointments for adoption records services because all of our services are done on a virtual basis. If you believe you have a request that cannot be completed via phone, email, fax, or U.S. mail, please contact the office for further assistance.
1. Searching for Adoption Records: To search for an adoption record you must send in a written request by U.S. mail to the Orphans’ Court. The request should contain the following: (1) Name of Adoptee at birth; (2) Year of adoption; (3) Name of Adoptee after adoption; (4) Name of adopting parents; and (5) Contact information to reach you. The letter should be addressed to: Orphans’ Court Division, 201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063. After receiving court approval, the OC clerk will conduct a search. You will be contacted by letter if a record is/is not found. Requests may take 10-14 days after receipt to complete. If a record is found you will be sent directions for the next step. You will then have the option to file a petition for non-identifying information ($100.00 filing fee) or a petition for identifying information ($200.00 filing fee). Finally, after the petition is approved you will be appointed a case worker within Children and Youth Services department who will contact you with the information.
2. Other Services: Most other services relating to adoption are handled by contacting the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Should you require legal advice and are looking to obtain some recommendations of Family Law Attorneys here in the area please contact the Delaware County Bar Association at 610-566-6625.