Epeeblade (epeeblade) wrote in little_details,

adoption records - sealed even if abandonment?

Setting is the state of NJ, present time. I have a character who is trying to find information about his adoption that would have occurred in 1988.

What happened in the story is that he was abandoned as a baby at a church and was then adopted through a Catholic agency. Everything I've read online has shown that the Catholic agencies are big on keeping adoption records sealed and secret(To the point of fighting against any law that pops up in legislation to open said records).

What I need to know is if this is true even if they have no information on who the birth parents are? Would they tell my character that he was an abandoned baby?

I'd be grateful for any help.

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