Where to Begin
A telephone consultation is required, and this is always free of charge. During the consultation, all of your questions are answered, and you will know by the end of the conversation just what your legal rights are and how to proceed. You do have options! Once you are ready, you will need to provide the following items:
- Use the link above, Consent to Exchange Information form. Download and complete the form and mail the original to Debra Allen. **This form must be notarized.
- Use the link above to download the Request for Confidential Intermediary Appointment Form. Complete the form and mail the original to Debra Allen.
- Click on the appropriate information form, and fill it out as completely as possible.
- Include a photocopy of your State ID, such as a driver’s license.
- Include a photocopy of your birth certificate.
- Check, money order, or credit cards accepted. Checks to be made payable to Debra Allen for the agreed upon amount.
MAIL ALL DOCUMENTS TO:
285 Lake Havasu Avenue S.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
928-846-7208 / Fax 800-699-700
Contact me with any questions on your search!
Who may use the services of a Confidential Intermediary?
For adoptions finalized in Arizona and pursuant to A.R.S. § 8-134, any of the following persons may use the services of a CI:
- Adoptive parents of an adoptee who is at least 18 years of age, or if the adoptive parents are deceased, the adoptee’s guardian.
- An adoptee who is at least 18 years of age.
- If any adoptee is deceased, the adoptee’s spouse if the spouse is the legal parent or guardian of any child of the adoptee. If any adoptee is deceased, any progeny of the adoptee who is at least 18 years of age. Either of the birth parents of an adoptee. If the birth parent of an adoptee is deceased, the parent of the birth parent.
- A biological sibling of an adoptee if the sibling is at least 18 years of age. A CI cannot contact persons under 21 years of age without a court order. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 8-543, any of the following persons may participate in SIX using the services of a CI: An adult who is a former dependent child. A juvenile who is a former dependent child, through any of the following: (a) The juvenile’s adoptive parent. (b) The juvenile’s guardian.
Why should I use an Arizona Confidential Intermediary?
If you were born or adopted in Arizona, this is what you can expect from a certified C.I.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Consent from all parties is required for the sharing of identifying and non-identifying information
RESOURCES: CI’s may inspect the confidential court, division agency and maternity home records not otherwise available.
SENSITIVITY & PROFESSIONALISM: CIs are trained to handle sensitive situations in a discreet and objective manner.
Do I need to live in Arizona to start my search?
No, the adoption and or birth just needed to have taken place in Arizona.
How long is the search process?
That depends on the ability for me to locate your family and their response back to allow contact. The quickest court case was three days and the longest took a couple of months, but because the family was slow to return my paperwork.
How much does a confidential intermediary search cost?
The fee is less than you might think. I provide a free initial appointment that can be conducted over the phone. Each case is unique and some require more time and some less time. My goal is to keep the process as cost effective as possible. Some cases take a few hours and others take many hours to complete. I believe that finding your family should be affordable to all. Sometimes I receive donations and I am able to use that money to help those who cannot afford the total cost of the search.
Children born in the State of Arizona and adopted in Arizona or another state
Adoption is a process completed by a court of competent jurisdiction. The Office of Vital Records is responsible for amending the birth certificate after an adoption has been finalized. By the tenth day of the month, all adoptions finalized in the preceding month, shall be forwarded by the court to the State Office of Vital Records for the birth certificate to be amended to reflect the adoptive information (A.R.S. § 36-336). If the court does not send the information to the Office of Vital Records, the adoptive parent can submit a certified copy of the adoption decree and the Adoption Worksheet [PDF] to amend the birth certificate.
When the birth certificate is amended after an adoption, the new birth certificate shall state the city or county of birth stated on the original birth certificate and the date of birth stated on the original birth certificate.
After the Office of Vital Records amends the birth certificate, the original birth certificate shall be sealed along with the evidentiary documents (court order, adoption certificate) provided to amend the birth certificate. The sealed record cannot be opened unless by a confidential intermediary to use the information to find information needed in their search to find birth family. The confidential intermediary then cannot release that certificate to the adoptee or birth family.
Children born in another state and adopted in Arizona
Not a problem. If you were born and or adopted in Arizona, the ORIGINAL AND AMENDED birth certificates are filed together in the Arizona Vital Records file for the child’s birth. For instance, I was born in Arizona but my adoption was finalized where my adopted parents resided at the time in the State of Illinois. Or for example, if you were born in California and the adoption was finalized in Arizona, that is also not a problem, as the information can still be obtained by a confidential intermediary in Arizona.
I don’t know anything and my adopted parents are not willing to help
Not a problem. We, you and I don’t need the adopted parents assistance or permission. The records are filed by the adopted parents names, so knowing your birth parents names are not necessary.
Debra is an amazing angel. I had no clue of what to do about finding my birth mother. We found each other on Facebook. We talked on the phone and she explained to me the process of what she does and what to and what not to expect. She knows what she is doing for sure. I hired her. Within 2 days, she found her name. It’s been a week and a half and she is still getting tons of information for me. I so didn’t expect to get it this fast. She has a heart of gold. She works so hard for you. Very professional and kind. Thank you so much Debra!
In just a couple of hours Deb found six (6) siblings and my birth-father (deceased). I had located two siblings (different father) a few years ago but had run into a dead-end on my father’s side. I have known Deb for years and she is a genuinely kind hearted person who is eager to help. Good luck to all of you who are searching for your family!
I absolutely cannot recommend Debra Allen highly enough. She is awesome, compassionate, caring. Having been adopted at birth, at 58 years old I knew the possibly of finding my birth parents at all, let alone still alive, was slim to none, but I’d searched previously to no avail, had always met dead ends. I met Debra through a 2nd cousin I had found through genetic testing — Debra had found her birth family previously. I started communicating with Debra, and was so impressed with how compassionate she is. I know she was working with lots of other people, but she made me feel like I was the ONLY one — She made contact with my half-brother and with relatives who knew my birth mother – both parents sadly deceased, but I have a family on my father’s side, and stories about my mother — filling a hole in my heart! She made all initial contact and eased the way for me, encouraging me every step of the way. Each time she found a new piece to the puzzle, she would call me and let me know — and she was JUST as excited as I was! She wasn’t just reporting her findings, she was sharing the joy with me…I am forever grateful to Debra Allen for her efforts finding my family.
Thank you Debra Allen from the bottom of my being…. just so amazing to have found my twins after 27 years ….the emotions are everywhere, and we haved talked . And talked and shared pictures and a phone call last night and today…, its just awesome.
I never forgot about this baby nor did I ever imagine that I would ever know anything about her. I would love to discuss this with you. I am very interested to find out my baby. Thank you for finding my daughter.
She knows what she is doing! Debra is a very professional and genuine person. I am very happy that I worked with her. What I liked the most about using her was that she was very prompt in getting back to me, even on the weekends. Thank you for the great service, Debra!