JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Reaching out for assistance in regards to my father's birth and subsequent adoption in the state of Michigan #general
Lisa Grayson <lisa@...>
Brooke Whisnant wrote that she is seeking information on the birth parents of
her father, Herman Harry Myers, born in southeast Michigan in October 1946.
Her father supports her efforts.
Fortunately, Michigan law allows the release of adoption records, even closed
ones, to the adoptee. Alas, the many adoption agencies in Michigan do not have
a central repository for these records. You can find a list of agencies and
who holds their records at
Many agencies, including Alliance for Adoption/Jewish Family Services, turned
over their records to the Department of Human Services, Permanency Division,
PO Box 30037, Lansing, MI 48909.
Several other Michigan governmental offices hold records for multiple agencies,
as one can see on the list cited above. However, since it sounds as if the one
family member who has a clue about the details of the adoption, Brooke's aunt
(herself adopted), refuses to release the letter left by Brooke's grandmother,
there is no way to know which agency handled the adoption.
Perhaps Brooke's father could write to each of the Michigan offices holding
multiple agencies' records. Provide his (adopted) name and exact date of birth,
and any other relevant information, such as his adoptive parents' address (or
at least the city of Saginaw) at the time of his adoption. Brooke cannot get
the information by writing on his behalf; according to the State of Michigan's
website on the matter
can be released only to the adult adopted person, adoptive parents of a minor
child, biological/former parent, and adult biological/former sibling.
Good luck, Brooke. I hope this helps.
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