established in 1982 by the Florida Legislature for people affected by adoption in Florida to have the opportunity to reunite.
Currently FARR has more than 6,200 people listed on the registry and
is facilitating 6 to 8 reunions a month. FARR is
operated by the state of Florida Department of Children and
Eligibility: Adopted Adults, Birth Parents, Birth
Siblings, Birth Aunts and Uncles, Birth Grandparents and Adoptive
Parents on behalf of their Adopted Minor Child.
The way FARR works: If two (or more) people affected by an
adoption in Florida
lists themselves on the registry, then FARR gets them in touch with
both parties. The registry is passive and does not actively search.
Fees: There is a one time fee of $35 unless the
applicant is able to provide proof of financial hardship (i.e.
eligibility for unemployment, SSI, public assistance, etc.) In these
cases fees may be waived. There is a fee of
$10 to update information on the registry. Applications may be obtained
from the registry:
Florida Reunion Registry
Or Florida's Adoption
1-800-96-ADOPT (in Florida)
or 904-353-0679 (out-of-FL)
Click here for
Reunion Registry Application Update
mailed within one workday. The Adoption Information
Center also mails
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
applications in the packet.
Information such as medical
history and social history may be obtained by adults who were adopted. How one obtains non-identifying information
depends on how the adoption was facilitated.
Of the adoption was facilitated by a private adoption agency, the
private agency has the information and should be contacted directly. If
the adoption was facilitated by the Department of Children and
Families, (formally HRS) or an independent adoption facilitated by an
attorney or physician, non-identifying information information
may be obtained by writing to :
Post Adoption Services Unit,
Department of Children and Families,
Blvd. Tallahassee, FL
The Post Adoption Services Unit does
not charge a fee for non-identifying information. Private adoption
agencies may charge a fee for releasing the information. Some agencies
charge a fee, others do not.
For Additional information including
local search and support groups, other State operated reunion
registries, of International Soundex Reunion
Registry applications, you may contact the center listed below.
Florida's Adoption Information Center
4203 Southpoint Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Out of Florida: 904-353-0679
Information Center was created
by the Florida Legislature to serve as a clearinghouse in every area of
adoption. The Center has served more that 175,000 people since opening
in 1994. As a free service, the Adoption Information
adoption information and referral services to adoptive parents, adult
adoptees, birth relatives, pregnant women and professionals.