Posted By:Kelly Smith
Subject:Re: Adop/ agencyOttumwa, Wapello Co.
Post Date:June 05, 2001 at 12:41:58
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Forum:Johnson County, IA Genealogy Forum
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My father was born in IA. City in 1930 and was adopted out of the Ottumwa Childrens home in Ottumwa IOwa.
They have a website on line. Got to
to contact them :
American Home Finding Association
515-682-3449 / 1-800-290-0876
217 East 5th St.
PO Box 656
Ottumwa , Iowa 52501
E:mail : ahfainc@pcsia
date I visited 8/28/2000

I do not know if it is "relevant" as to the death of the adopted as we know my father began a search for info and did not complete it.chose not to for reasons unknown to us... before he passed away.he had to go through the State dept. of Vitals to get what info he did.

The adoption clerk my father went through was Phyllis Cran/ ADOPTION CLERK
515-281-5074. Iowa State Dept of Vital records and Public Health.Located in Des moines.This was in 1992.

A closed adoption is a SEALED adoption - means NO information can be released from the files no matter no matter when. The only way it is open is if the bio-parents are willing at that time to have information leading the adoptee to them available to the child.
Hope you all Have lots of Luck - it is a hard journey to take. Sometimes you can get info from the lawyers who did the adoption because their records are not "sealed".