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Are Adoptions Kept Confidential?
Adoption proceedings are strictly confidential and not a matter of public record. The Court long ago established a centralized Adoptions and Abandonment Unit at the Children’s Court in Monterey Park to ensure privacy. All court files, documents, reports, and decrees are processed through the Adoptions Unit. Section 9200(a) of the Family Code states in essence that petitions, reports, and all other documents filed with the court in adoption proceedings are “not open to inspection by any person other than the parties to the proceedings and their attorneys...except upon written authorization of the Judge of the Superior Court and only in exceptional circumstances.” All Court staff must be particularly mindful not to disclose any information without properly identifying the person seeking such information. In most instances, inquiries on adoption proceedings, including photocopy requests, should be referred to the Adoptions Unit.

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