What is the Confidential Intermediary Search Program?
DHS administers a search program that allows individuals who were separated from their birth family members through adoption or termination of parental rights proceedings in Oklahoma to have a confidential intermediary search for members of their birth family.
Who will conduct the search?
DHS will contract with confidential intermediaries who have met eligibility standards, training requirements, and have been certified as confidential intermediaries through the DHS search program. The search is confidential,
Who can request a search?
- Any adult (age 18 or older) adoptee or person affected by a termination of parental rights proceeding done in Oklahoma
- The legal parent or guardian of any minor child of a deceased adopted person
- An adult descendant of a deceased adopted person
- The legal parent or guardian of any minor child of a deceased person whose biological parents’ parental rights were terminated
- An adult descendant of a deceased person whose biological parents’ parental rights were terminated
- The sibling of a deceased biological parent whose parental rights were terminated
Who cannot request a search?
- Anyone who has not registered with the Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry at least six months before requesting a search
- An adult adoptee or adult whose parents’s parental rights were terminated, who has a minor biological sibling in the same adoptive family or other placement whose location is known to the adult whose parents’ parental rights were terminated
- The biological relative of a birth parent who has filed an affidavit of nondisclosure with the Bureau of Vital Statistics
How do I request a search?
You must register with the Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry six months prior to requesting a search. You must make application for a search by completing the Request for Search form, 04CI001E, (DCFS-23), and providing satisfactory proof of identity. These documents must be sent to the search program administrator, along with the fee for the search, before a search can be initiated.
Is there a fee to have a search done?
There is a $20 registration fee for the Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry. You must be registered for six months prior to requesting a search.
There is a $400 fixed fee for all initial searches for any one eligible person. There is a $200 fee for any additional searches by the same requester. The search fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the search, even if the person being searched for is not found.
What if my relative does not wish to be contacted?
The DHS search program recognizes that while some people may have a strong desire to establish contact with birth family members, others do not. It is an individual and totally voluntary decision. All parties must consent in writing before contact is initiated. If the person being sought does not want contact, none will be initiated.
The DHS search program can search simply to contact your relative to obtain medical history or physical description information without your having any contact with your relative.
How do I begin the process?
You may write to us to receive a Request for Search form. If you have not registered on the Mutual Consent Voluntary Registry, we will send you an application to register there too.
Please send your request to:
Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Services
PO Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
If you have questions, you may call the DHS Confidential Intermediary Search Program at 405-521-2475, or your local DHS adoption specialist.
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