FARR was established
in 1982 by the Florida Legislature for people affected by adoption in
Florida to have the opportunity to
reunite. Currently FARR has more than 10,000 people listed on the
registry and is facilitating 6 to 8 reunions a month. FARR is
operated by the state of 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.
The way FARR
works: If two
(or more) people affected by an adoption in Florida lists themselves on
the registry, then FARR gets them in touch with each other. The
registry is passive and does not actively search.
Fees: There is a one time fee of
$35 unless the applicant is able to provide proof of financial hardship
(i.e. eligibility for unemployment, SSI, public assistance, etc.) In
these cases fees may be waived. There is a fee of $10 to update
information on the registry. Applications may be obtained from the
Florida Reunion Registry
Or Florida's Adoption
1-800-96-ADOPT (in Florida)
or 904-353-0679 (out-of-FL)
Click here for
Reunion Registry Application Update
mailed within one workday. The Adoption Information
Center also mails
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
applications in the packet.
such as medical history and social history may be obtained by adults
who were adopted. How one obtains non-identifying information depends on
how the adoption was facilitated. 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 HRS) or an independent
adoption facilitated by an attorney or physician, non-identifying
information may be obtained by writing to :
Post Adoption Services Unit,
Department of Children and Families,
Blvd. Tallahassee, FL
The Post Adoption
Services Unit does not charge a fee for non-identifying information.
Private adoption agencies may charge a fee for releasing the
information. Some agencies charge a fee, others do not.
information including local search and support groups, other State
operated reunion registries, of International Soundex
Reunion Registry applications, you may contact the center listed below.
Florida's Adoption Information Center
4203 Southpoint Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Out of Florida: 904-353-0679
Information Center was created by the Florida Legislature
to serve as a clearinghouse in every area of adoption. The Center has
served more that 200,000 people since opening in 1994. As a free
service, the Adoption
Information Center provides adoption
information and referral services to adoptive parents, adult adoptees,
birth relatives, pregnant women and professionals.