Adoptee Search

Adoptees who want to search for birth parents do so for a variety of reasons. The most-cited search purpose is to contact a birth relative for updates and insight into one's medical history. However, many adoptees become curious about his or her birth parents during monumental times, such as marriages, graduations, deaths, and pregnancy.

There are a few different ways for adoptees to search. They can register with a state registry, which will contact the adoptee if the birth parent also registers, consenting to the release of identifying information from the sealed adoption record. For searches in states without registries or for searches in which the state registry isn't advancing the search, adoptees have the opportunity to contact the agency from which they were placed and ask if it offers search services.

Adoptees can also petition to have a judge appoint a confidential intermediary to a search. These searchers will be more thorough and worth the search fees because they're granted access to one's adoption records.

International adoptees who want to search for their birth parents may have a more difficult time. They can contact their agency and may want to also reach out to the International Soundex Reunion Registry, which is a mutual consent registry that can help connect international adoptees to their birth parents.

Search services may cost a flat or hourly fee. Registries may sometimes also charge a registration fee that can be between $20 or $40.

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lesia - 1 week ago
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looking for my sister she was adopted in denton texas i believe, she was born on 12/18/1984, the family that adopted her had lost children in the past, but im not sure that was just the excuse i was given please anyone who can help #1
linda - 2 weeks ago
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I was born oct.12 1950 I Jameson Memorial Hosp in New Castle' Pa. looking for siblings I know I had at least three #2
Amanda - 3 months ago
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Searching for cousin born in St. louis Missouri 1976 possibly August 14th her birth name was ANITA MARIE HUGHES she was taken into state custody in 1979 and adopted out. She had brown hair and brown eyes. I do have a pic of her. Her mothers name was Darlene. I am sure that her name has changed since. She would be 37 now. #3
Janet (MARY GOHRE) Green Bartz - 3 months ago
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Searching for other children of Antoinette Jane (Beverly) Gohre DOB 1-6-46 of Wisconsin. Five of us have connected, but there is a 4-yr period where there were no children.. We believe there are others! xxxx #4
Robyn - 5 months ago
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I am looking for my sister who was born in July of 74 at the Christ Hosp. in Cincinnati Ohio. She may have brown eyes? BM was/is Mary Brown from the Oakley area and BF was (he is deceased) Lee Earl Shaw from the Oakley area. My name is Robyn Shaw and you can contact me at xxxx #5
Robert - 4 weeks ago
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Looking for my nephew I was young when he was adopted out at birth in the 70's I was 10 to 12 my sister had a child out of wedlock and only a teenager her last name at that time was Hamilton #6
Lisa - 8 months ago
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I am looking for two children. Molly Louise and Justin Andrew. Molly was born in Imperial CA on 8-22-90 and Justin was born in Madras OR on 6-19-92. #7
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