In 2011 New Life Adoption Agency in Syracuse, NY closed. They had records of adoptions for over 1,000 children over the last 20 years. Lawyers for the former organization have tried in vain to find another adoption organization to take the old records. NY State and agencies within the state don’t want the records either. Meanwhile, the adoption records have been sitting in the basement of the building that New Life formerly occupied.
Robert Lahm, the owner of the building will give adoptees their adoption files if they want them. Those records contain many items that the NY Court system consider private such as medical data, birth parent’s names, etc. Those that want their adoption file should call Mr. Lahm at 315-472-3434 to make an appointment to receive the file. Mr. Lahm will ask for proof of identity to make sure that the file goes to the proper person.
For more information read this online article from the Syracuse Post-Standard.