Post-Adoption Records and Resources support to Louise Wise Clients

Spence-Chapin has been the custodian of Louise Wise adoption records since 2004.

Due to the generosity of The Louise Wise Fund, maintaining Louise Wise private adoption records and responding to inquiries regarding these private adoption records is a free service for eligible individuals who are connected to a Louise Wise adoption.

Spence-Chapin does not maintain Louise Wise foster care records. If you are a Louise Wise adoptee who is seeking a foster care record, please contact the Administration for Children’s Services at (212) 341-0900 (Main Office) or (212) 788-3207 (Records Request Line).

For support regarding Louise Wise adoption records, please contact the Louise Wise inquiry line at (646) 864-4194.

Eligible individuals who are interested in receiving information from a Louise Wise adoption record may submit this application. Applications must be printed, signed, and notarized. Please mail completed applications with proof of ID and any other to:

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
410 East 92nd Street, 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10128
Attn: Post-Adoption Records, Louise Wise

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Adoptee(s), 18 years and older
  • Birth Parent(s)
  • Biological sibling(s) of adoptee(s), 18 years and older

Please be advised that Spence-Chapin cannot share confidential information with anyone other than an approved applicant without proof of guardianship or power of attorney. Confidential information can only be discussed with approved applicants who have submitted an application and only after the approved applicant(s)’s identity has been verified. Even after application approval and identity verification has been complete, identifying information cannot be disclosed.

Adoption records in the State of New York are sealed and confidential in accordance with New York Domestic Relations Law section 114; and therefore, Spence-Chapin is legally bound and limited in the information we can provide. New York State Public Health Law section 4138-c only permits the release of certain non-identifying information. As specified by the law, adopted adult individuals are entitled to any known information about biological siblings at the time of the adoption. Spence-Chapin fully complies with the law and discloses any and all known information with regard to biological siblings contained in the adoption record. 

SERVICES

Non-Identifying Information – Under NY and NJ law, Spence-Chapin, as an authorized/licensed adoption agency and the legal custodian of Louise Wise Adoption Records, can provide certain individuals with a summary of non-identifying information from their adoption record. This may include social and medical background information.

NYSAIR Application – Persons eligible for NYSAIR (the New York State Adoption Information Registry) can apply directly to NYSAIR or can send their NYSAIR application (along with their Louise Wise Post-Adoption Record & Resources application) to Spence-Chapin instead, who can then help expedite their request with NYSAIR.

NYSAIR applications can be found here.

Once Spence-Chapin forwards the NYSAIR application to the NYSAIR office on the client’s behalf, NYSAIR will contact the client directly to confirm registration. If the client does not hear from NYSAIR within 4 months after receiving notice from Spence-Chapin that their NYSAIR application has been forwarded to the NYSAIR office, the client should contact NYSAIR directly.  *Please note that a Louise Wise Post-Adoption Records and Resources application is required for Spence-Chapin to process this request.

Information on Search and Reunion - Spence-Chapin can provide a list of resources for search and reunion assistance. Spence-Chapin cannot endorse or guarantee the services of any third-party provider.

Other - For additional services related to an adoption record, such as verification or proof of an adoption, please indicate “other” on the application and describe the request.

Note: Clients seeking emotional support may contact Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center at (646) 539-1167 or at info@modernfamilycenter.org for more information on our counseling and coaching services. Louise Wise clients are eligible to receive one free session.


ADOPTEES RIGHTS TO OBTAIN ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES IN NEW JERSEY

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2017, NEW JERSEY

Effective January 1, 2017, authorized individuals may obtain an uncertified copy of an adoptee's original birth certificate and other related documents. For more information, please see New Jersey Vital Statistics FAQ's which can be found here. Individuals interested in obtaining a birth certificate from the NJ Vital Statistics Office can find application instructions here.

Birth Parents interested in submitting contact preference information and/or family history information to the NJ Vital Statistics Office can do so online here.

All requests to receive NJ birth certificates or update contact and family history must be made directly to the NJ Vital Statistics Office. Spence-Chapin cannot process these requests.