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My birth mother divorced my father when I was 3. When I was 5, she had step dad adopt me. ( she divorced him about 7 years later) Step dad and biological father have both passed I know biological fathers name and have connected with his other children. I am 45 years old and all of his took place in CA. I understand record is sealed and it takes a court order and compelling reason to open. I have copy of note from moms attorney saying that she would give me a message from my biological father when the time is right. She has since retired. I never received message. I'd like copy of original birth certificate and to see if copy of message is in my record. What are my odds? What is most economical way to do this? I now live in Oregon.
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On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times. I understand that hearing things less than optimal is not easy, and I empathize. Thanks in advance for not "shooting the messenger."
If your mom meant that your father left you a personal message, then this personal message would likely not be in your official records. There is no place in official records for a "personal message" - it is just birth certificate information and other data.
If there is some kind of personal message, it would have been left in the care of the mother or someone else, and not in the care of the state. I am very sorry.
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