Florida Adoption Reunion Registry (FARR)

The Florida Legislature established in the FARR in 1982 to support people affected by adoption in Florida. This allows birth family members the opportunity to reunite. Currently FARR has more than 6,200 people listed on the registry and is facilitating approximately 6 to 8 reunions a month. FARR is operated by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Eligibility

Adopted Adults, Birth Parents, Birth Siblings, Birth Aunts and Uncles, Birth Grandparents and Adoptive Parents on behalf of their adopted minor child.

How FARR Works

If two (or more) people affected by an adoption in Florida lists themselves on the registry, FARR will reach out to both parties to see if the they would like to be reunited with the other birth family member. The registry is passive and does not actively search.

Obtaining Non-Identifying Information

Non-Identifying Information such as medical history and social history may be obtained by adults who were adopted in Florida. Depending on how the adoption was facilitated depends on how one obtains non-identifying information. If the adoption was facilitated by a private adoption agency, the private agency has the information and should be contacted directly. If the adoption was facilitated by the Department of Children and Families, (formally the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services or HRS) or an independent adoption facilitated by an attorney or physician, non-identifying information may be obtained by writing to the Florida Post Adoption Services Unit. The Post Adoption Services Unit does not charge a fee for non-identifying information. Some private adoption agencies may charge a fee for releasing the information.

Fees

There is a onetime $35 fee. If financial hardship is proven (i.e. eligibility for unemployment, SSI, public assistance, etc.), the fees may be waived. There is a $10 fee to update information on the registry.

Applications

If you would like to have an application mailed to you, please send a letter to either the Florida Reunion Registry or Florida’s Adoption Information Center. The Adoption Information Center also includes International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) applications in the packet.

Contacts

Florida Reunion Registry
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 717-4663

Florida's Adoption Information Center
4203 Southpoint Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216

You may also contact Florida’s Adoption Information Center for additional information including local search and support groups, other state operated reunion registries, or International Soundex Reunion Registry applications.

Florida’s Post Adoption Services Unit
Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700