Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email
address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic
email to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Pursuant to 119.12 (2), F.S., the custodian of public records is Hampton Peterson. publicrecords@mypalmbeachclerk.com | 561.355.2996

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If you are filing a Petition For Adoption, please note:

  • All records of Adoption are confidential and exempt from the provisions of Section 119.07 (1) Florida Statutes, except as provided in Section 63.162 F.S.
  • Subject to inspection only upon Order of Court, the Clerk & Comptroller's office cannot furnish information pertaining to Adoptions to customers. This includes the Attorney of Record and/or the petitioners.
  • Pursuant to Section 63.162 F.S., a Court Order is required allowing access to the Adoption file.
  • Along with the filing of the Petition for Adoption, you must complete parts A and B of the Certified Statement of Final Judgment of Adoption (Department of Health, Vital Statistics) and file it with the clerk. You must attach a check for $20.00 (made payable to Vital Statistics) to the Certified Statement. The Clerk & Comptroller will forward both to the State of Florida, Department of Heath, Vital Statistics; or you may mail a copy of the Certified Statement of Final Judgment along with payment to: State of Florida, Department of Heath, Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042. If you do not have this form, you may ask the Clerk & Comptroller for the form or contact the above address.