Adoptees Looking For Birth Parents

Adoptees looking for birth parents will conduct what's called a "birth parent search." The reasons adoptees look for birth parents vary. The primary reason given for searching by adoptees is to find one's birth parents and contact them for medical reasons. However, many people begin searching out of curiosity and to answer other questions that have risen from growing up with an adoptive identity genetically tied to someone whose identity is mysterious yet connected to an adoptee on a cellular level.

Often the search for birth parents is motivated by monumental events taking place in an adoptee's life, such as a pregnancy, graduation, marriage or death. The development of a genetic disease or another hereditary condition may also develop as an adoptee matures and this can lead to the desire to meet or reunite with a birth parent for the sake of tying loose ends.

There are passive and active methods to go about a search, the most common being through a state registry. State registries operate via mutual consent. This means that the adoptee and birth parent must both register with the state before an adoption record is released to the two triad members. If one does not register, the record can still be released but with nonidentifying information about the other triad members involved in the adoption.

Adoptees can also petition the courts to have a confidential intermediary access an adoption record and mediate contact between members of the adoption triad. Adoptees may also look to search agencies for help. Search Angels are volunteers who also offer search services to adoptees looking for birth parents.


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Debra - 2 months ago
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I was born in Los Angeles on October 4, 1959. Last names Milner and Vasquez. Don't know who is who. Born a John Westely hospital.African American and Hispanic . One of the grandparents was ill. I stayed with birth mom for a few months then given up to foster care. Thanks #1
MICHAEL - 2 weeks ago
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MY BIRTHDAY IS JUNE 21 1959, I WAS FOUND ON THE STEPS OF AN INFANT HOME LACKAWANNA NY ON JUNE 24 1959 I DONT WONT TO DISTUPT ANYONE LIFE I JEST WONT TO COMPLETE MY LIFE HELP ME FIND MY BIRTH MOTHER THANK YOU FOR READING MY NOTE #2
Sean - 2 months ago
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I was adopted at birth, I would like to find my Biological Parents, they were teenagers when they had me. I was born on June 20, 1965, Physician was Mohammed Meah, M.D. I was discharge From Florence Crittenton Adoptive in Mi. on July 2, 1965, Resident Physician- W.S. Leed, M.D., One of my parents was Black and one was Iris. I think they both was going to Wayne State at or around that time. Please Help #3
Sue - 4 weeks ago
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I was born Baby Girl Dunn Nov 1968 at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News VA. Adopted to NY family in Queens. Searching for any birth family. It was private adoption done by 2 lawyers one in NY and one in VA. Any info please email xxxx #4
Ilene - 7 months ago
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My birth name is Baby Leonardi. I was adopted from Beverly Community Hospital in California. I was given the name Lois Ilene Sorensen and raised with parents who adopted me in Utah. #5
John - 6 months ago
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My name is John Spagnolo, I was born in February 1966 in Central Pennsylvania. I would like to find my Biological Parents if possible. I would like to at least know my Biological parents family medical history and heritage. I thank you for any help you can provide me. #6
Kandy - 2 months ago
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I was born on Feb 28, 1963 At Compten community hospital. I was given the name Tammy Lee Moorhead, I was adobtin when I was about 18 months old. I was given up for adobtion at birh. Mother was 16 yearsold, father was 18 years old. #7
Guest - 7 months ago
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My name is Curtis Brent Gilstrap. I was adopted in May of 1965 by parents in La Grande Oregon/ I know my mom's name is Sally Lynne Shoopman. I want to know my medical history and heritage if I can find it! #8
GREGORIA - 8 months ago
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MY BIRTH NAME WAS JESSICALASKO BUT WAS CHANGED I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOREVER BUT EVERY DOOR HAS BEEN CLOSED.......PLEASE HELP #9
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