Frequently Asked Questions
Adoption Records Information Requests
1. I’m trying to find information about a birth and adoption of a family member. This family member’s birth mother seemed to been using the services of a Crittenton home at that period in time. Where can additional information be found?
For California birth and adoption records prior to the 1970’s and not associated with Florence Crittenton Services of Orange County we are unable to assist you directly. The Crittenton home in Orange County was established and incorporated in 1966 as an independent Crittenton agency with no shared governance or operational structure with any other Crittenton agencies throughout the U.S. Therefore, all Crittenton agencies, to this day only share a national child welfare legacy but nothing more. *In addition, to due privacy rights we are unable to provide information about adoption cases.
We have no connection or records to adoption cases of the early or mid 20th century. We merely keep the national Crittenton mission alive in Southern California by maintaining historical connections to our child welfare legacy. All of our former clients during the early 70’s pretty much kept their children as the stigma behind unwed single mothers was shifting greatly by that time period.
All we can suggest is the following:
a) For California adoption information the state has a website for bioparents and adoptees to find each other, if both have authorized the connection. You need to register and if the birth mother has done the same, each receives the others information. Further information regarding this website can be done by conduct a internet search for California and adoption registry. Closed adoptions were the norm from the early 1900s to the 1970s. The intention was to protect the privacy rights of the birth mother which will make it difficult to find adoption information prior to the 1970s.
b) This questions does come to us often so the National Crittenton Foundation set up a community forum for people trying to find lost family members that somehow had a Crittenton connection. For more information on this forum:
Educational Records Requests
2. I was a former client of Crittenton Services for Children and Families and would like to get copies of my educational transcripts?
If you were a client of Crittenton Services headquartered in Fullerton, Ca. and are in need copies of your educational records while you were enrolled in a Orange County school at the time you were receiving treatment services through our organization you can connect with the Orange County Department of Education. Many Crittenton youth were enrolled with the Orange County Department of Education – Alternative Education ACCESS Program. You should connect with their records and attendance office to see if they can give you access to your educational records.
For former clients that may have attended one of the high schools in the Orange County area during the time you were receiving treatment services through our organization you may want to connect with the Fullerton Joint Union High School District as we typically partnered with this high school district if a former client was eligible to enroll. They might be able to assist you with ordering your educational records via their website. *You will need to know what high school (if any) that you attended during your stay at Crittenton Services. However, most clients used the ACCESS program provided by the Orange County Department of Education.
Client Privacy while Receiving Services at Crittenton
3. I need to know the whereabouts and additional information of a family member believed to be using the services of Crittenton?
Crittenton Services for Children and Families prioritizes the safety, health and well-being of all the nearly 2,000 clients that we serve throughout Southern California each year. For those contacting Crittenton for information specifically to know whereabouts or information about a current client we will be unable to assist you. It is difficult to quickly determine exactly what program a client is enrolled in as we have multiple programming efforts and offices throughout Southern California. Furthermore, due to California privacy laws and HIPAA regulations we are unable to confirm, deny or even provide any type of information of a client currently using any of our services.