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Adoption Registry

The South Dakota Department of Social Services maintains a Voluntary Adoption Registry of adoptees and natural parents who have consented to the release of identifying information about themselves. All consents indicate to whom the information may be released and whether the adoptee desires release of this identifying information after his or her death. A person who uses this voluntary register may revoke consent at any time.

The purpose of the registry is to facilitate voluntary contact between adoptees 18 years or older who were born in South Dakota and their birth parents. Siblings of the adopted person 18 or older may also register. In the event that a match occurs, the Department of Social Services will notify you by mail.

The registry is passive, meaning the Department of Social Services does not search for adoptees or for birth parents whose names are not included in the registry.

Register with the South Dakota Voluntary Adoption Registry:

Completed forms should be mailed to:

  • Department of Social Services
    Division of Child Protection Services
    Adoption Unit
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501

For more information:

  • Please contact the Adoption Unit at 605.773.3227.