Idaho Adoption Records
In 1955 Idaho became a closed records state in regard to adoption proceedings and records. To make things worse, the law was applied retroactively. Inclusion of hereditary medical information is mandatory and routine in all new adoptions.
The State has no provisions for confidential intermediaries, and while there is no explicit legal provision allowing disclosure of non-identifying information, there is no prohibition of such disclosure.
Idaho does allow for direct court petitioning for adoption records, with no requirement to show "good cause." You should petition the court in the county where the adoption took place.
Below, you will find links and resources that you may find help in your search. Good luck!
Idaho Tri Weekly Statesman a fully searchable text version of the newspaper for the following years: 1864-66, 1872, 1875-78, and 1881-82.
Idaho Daily Statesman a fully searchable text version of the newspaper for the years 1888-91 and 1897-1902.
Soda Springs Chieftain (Soda Springs, Idaho) for 1904-07, 1911-14, 1916-21, 1924, and 1928-31.
Soda Springs Sun (Soda Springs, Idaho) a fully searchable text version of the newspaper for the years 1915-16, 1932-35, and 1938-54.
Idaho does maintain a Mutual Consent Registry, however results have been rather minimal since there has been no great effort to advertise its existence.
Idaho Mutual Consent Registry
In Idaho, a Mutual Consent Registry is operated by State Registrar of Vital Statistics. There is a $10.00 registration fee. The following individuals may register:
Unless there is only one birth parent listed on the original birth certificate, identifying information regarding birth parents will not be released to an adult adoptee without the consent of the both birth parents. Exceptions are made where the other birth parent is deceased or the other birth parent is unable to be located. No governmental employee is permitted to solicit a consent for release of information or registration with the registry. There is no provision for the release of non-identifying information.
To register, download the form at:
Mail the completed registration form and fee to:
Adoption Unit, Vital Statistics Bureau
SEARCH-FINDERS OF IDAHO
|Booth - Salvation Army
PO Box 1216
Boise ID 83701
|Booth - Salvation Army Records
PO Box 22646
Long Beach CA 90801
Limited information from the records of the former maternity homes and hospitals can be made available to birthmothers and children born at Booth with documentation of their identity. It should be understood that The Salvation Army never served as an adoption agency. Mothers were referred to an adoption agency of their choice and worked with these agencies independently of Booth Maternity Home. Hence, the only information in our records that may be useful in tracing the whereabouts of a child placed for adoption is the name of the agency that made the placement. With regard to these records, the following services are now available:
|Medical Records (released only to a licensed medical doctor)|
|Counseling and Referral|
|Confidential search to locate birthmothers|
If you are interested in obtaining information regarding the Salvation Army Maternity Home and Hospital Records, please email your full name, address including ZIP Code; phone number including area code; and which Booth you are requesting information from, to Leslie_Peacock@usw.salvationarmy.org or call our toll free number 1-800-698-7728, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time and ask for Booth records. A form will be sent to you for notarization. This form must be on file before any acknowledgement of records is given. A processing fee may be charged.
|BYU - Idaho maintains the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index; Idaho State Death Index 1911-195; Eastern Idaho Death Records; Japanese Immigrants to the U.S. 1887-1924; Idaho Genealogical Records Reference Services; CES Digital Collections; and Upper Snake River Valley Idaho Histories.|
|Idaho Registry for Adoptees and Birth Families - Register or search this private registry|
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