Well, I was all excited to drop from the precipice of the roller coaster down through the loop-de-loop, but instead I find myself on a merry go round. My researcher emailed me with a link to the Tarrant County Juvenile Court so that I could get their digits and give them a jingle RE: releasing my adoption records. She was unable to do this because the court wanted the actual adoptee to make the request. Fair enough.
So I called. I found the automated menu less than helpful so I pushed ‘0’ for an operator, who referred me to the records department and helpfully, or so I thought, transferred me to that extension. When the records person answered I asked what the procedure was for requesting my adoption records to which she replied, “Well, we don’t have those here but if you have a cause number that would tell us what court it’s in and we could find it for you.”
“Cool.” I thought. “Well, hmm, I don’t have that here with me at work, let me track it down and I’ll give you a call back.”
I then got on the horn to my researcher to get my cause number. Fortunately she was available and hand the digits I needed. I called Tarrant County back and got the same dude I’d spoken to the first time that directed me to the records office; but this time I had a cause number and I gave it to him.
“Oh, it is a juvenile case,” he begins, “we have those here.”
“Great, what’s the procedure for requesting them?”
“Well, you’d need to file out a petition with the court to open the record, and pay $15.”
“Ok, are those available online?”
“Uh, I’m not sure about that, you may be able to find them online. Most people just come down here to the courthouse….yadda-yadda-yadda…once they file the papers the court sets a date and there’s a hearing with a judge to determine if the records can be released.”
“I’m calling from out of state, how would I file a petition?”
“Hmm, not sure how you’d do that let me refer you to the person who handles that sort of thing.”
“Ok, thanks for your help! I appreciate it!”
I dialed the new number he gave me and got…………………….voicemail. I’ll try again tomorrow.
Meantime I think I’ll change my seat on the merry go round from the unicorn to the elephant. (Is merry go round one word or three?)