Every child deserves a loving family.


If you want the state to search for your unknown biological relatives, you must, first, be born in Nebraska and meet state law requirements.

The second step is to contact  Vital Records or by telephone at (402-471-0918) to get a "Request to Access birth Information" form.  You will return that form to Vital Records.

The third step is to send all of the following by mail to:
Christine Jones
Division of Children & Family Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044. 

No email will be accepted.

  1. A copy of the Vital Records response to your inquiry for birth information.
  2. A letter signed and dated by you that contains the following information:
  • Adoptive name
  • Present name
  • Present address
  • Present telephone number
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Names of adoptive parents
  • Date of adoption if known
  • Any other things you may know about the circumstances of your birth (i.e. names, addresses, hospitals, attorneys, agencies, friend, etc.).
  • What you want to find out
  • And, what personal information you want us to give to the unknown relative.

Once that information is received, we can help look for your unknown relatives by:

  1. Applying to the county court in which the adoption took place.  We ask for information that is available about the unknown family members.
  2. Searching the state records for any information about the unknown family members.
  3. Searching at least two internet phone books.

If and when we are able to locate, contact, and verify the identity of your unknown relative, we will release information you want them to know.

During the search process, if it is found that an existing private adoption agency had a part in completing the adoption, we can refer you to them to complete the search.

When the search has ended, we will:

  • Notify you in writing of our efforts and findings.
  • Send written notification to the county court where the adoption took place of our findings.
  • Place the Adoption Search file in our storage

Any questions and all information should be submitted to:

ATTN:  Christine Jones
Division of Children & Family Services
Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
Phone:  (402) 471-9254


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