Creating a Family Health History

Frequently Asked Questions

13. What if a family member is adopted?

A family health history can help adopted children, but the information they can get might be limited. Adoptive parents and adoption agencies may have some health information about birth parents, but many states have laws that protect this information. A local health or social service agency may be able to help.

One alternative for adopted people is to start a brand-new family health history for the benefit of their biological children and grandchildren.