How To Find Adopted Sibling

Sometimes, adoptions result in the separation of birth siblings. This may be something that happens later in life, for example siblings in foster care may be split up. Other siblings may have been separated by adoption years before the other was born or at the time a younger sibling was born.

The person who chooses to search may be a sibling who grew up with the adoptee's birth parents. Maybe they're trying to reconcile one of their last familial ties after the birth parents have passed. Or maybe they are curious about a hereditary disease they and the adoptee may share. Regardless of the reason to search, the results can sometimes be shocking and less satisfactory than one's ideals. It's highly suggested that anyone who decides to search for a birth relative first joins a support group for searching adoptees and birth relatives.

As for the actual process, searchers should register with their state's registry. Then, they may want to contact the agency they were adopted from. International sibling searches are going to be more complex and there are certain organizations that specialize in specific country searches for adoptees. If the adoption was of a domestic infant, then an children the adoptee's birth parents had prior to the adoption would be listed in the sealed adoption record. It may indicate basic information about the child, such as his or her age and gender.


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Amanda - 9 months ago
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Ive heard off an on for years that I had a sibling that my parents didn't keep I just recently got in contact with my birth father myself who final let me know that yes I do have a sibling out there she or he was born in 1988 right around September I don't have much to go on I just want to find out more they were born in.Oragune the adopted patents lived in California that as much as I know if anyone can help me find out more I creatly a prechate it thank you #1
Ashley - 3 weeks ago
Hi, my name is Ashley. When I was fifteen my mother told me that I had, not one, but two siblings that were givin up for adoption. They are both younger than I am, a brother named Alexander, and sister who remains unnamed. I have recently married, and have always wondered about them both. My husband is supportive in my position to start looking for them. My mother, though not against my search, has offered no useful information to help me. She claims to have blocked out everything from that time. I have only one name, the knowledge that they were both born some time after 1986, and they were born in Ohio. As I have only just begun, I have no idea where to start looking. Any advise would be very much appreciated. #2
Nyasia - 3 months ago
I have just recently found out by my father that I have a sister that I never knew about it. My parents gave her up for a adoption when I was young. I have no idea where to start and I do not know anything about her except she is around 18 years of age. Please help #3
Emily "Jessica" Hulburt - 1 week ago
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Of what i was told i have three long lost sisters. I was separated from adoption and to be more specific i was burned by scalding hot water by the hands of my biological parents. My adoptive mom said that it was two older one younger and my dad got confused and he told me that it was two younger and one older. I really have been wanting to find my sisters to know what they went through or if they went through a traumatic event like me. I was born in Wichita, Kansas but i don't remember the exact county or part of that city. I now live in Lawrence. My dad said he would bring me to SRS to figure out who they are but my dad keeps forgetting about that. I wonder who they are and i keep forgetting where they live in the united states with me. My biological last name is Buell or my full name was Jessica Buell. #4
Emily - 2 weeks ago
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I was adopted in 1995 in Orange California at birth. I am looking for my two older sisters who would be in their mid 20's or early 30's. My birth mothers name was Glenda. She ended up moving to Oklahoma to be closer to one of her other daughters and passed away shortly after. I really would like to get to know my two older sisters if possible. If anyone could help, I would really appreciate it! #5
Sara.Tafunai Manu - 2 weeks ago
I have a half brother same mom different dad. My mom passed away when he was only four years old. After my moms duneral his dad went back to his family and took my brother with him that was the last time i saw my brothers face..I heard rumours that his dads aunty in hawaii or america adopted him amd his dad is passed away..I am desperate to see my brother again bur i dont know how and where..Do you think you can help reunite u? please help #6
shadie - 3 weeks ago
Hi im looking for my half sister kristaja wright who was adopted around the age 3 or 4 when her mother died. She was born February 13 1997 in new york city. My father told me she was adoped and I have been looking for her for 6 years now if anyone has any information that can helo me find my sister I would really be happy tge last time I seen my sister she was 1 years old #7
Kaylee Johnson - 3 weeks ago
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My name is Kaylee, Im 18 and searching for my half-brother. He was born in 2000 in Virginia, his birth name was Damien Taylor adopted as Hunter. I have been looking for a way to search for at least 4 years. Any information is accepted at xxxx. Thank you. #8
Nanci - 2 months ago
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I'm looking for my sister that was adopted out at 3 days old. I was told her birthday is 03/13/1953, born at Maywood (Ca)General Hospital - Baby Geiss. I was told by my aunt that the name given her was Cynthia Ann Homes. That's all I know. There are/have been serious medical issues with our DNA and our parents are deceased. I've always wanted to meet her and have a relationship with her. I haven't found her yet. If you know of this person or can assist me in finding her my email is xxxx. Thanks you and God Bless #9
Maggie - 3 weeks ago
Looking for adopted sibling from austin, tx with last name possibly Garcia and born around Easter in 1985. Family knew birth mother and adopted from her as she was an employee to the family of the family who adopted him. I believe it was an open adoption and dawley was the birth last name. Fingers crossed! #10
Aushze - 4 weeks ago
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I have an older brother who was born in chico california, in '89 i think. His name is Andrew and my mom gave him to a good family when she was 14. I've seen his baby pictures and I know he had blondish hair when he was about 2. I have know idea where his parents live, I do know that they lived in southern california when they adopted him, I think. #11
Robert - 1 week ago
mother had a girl in springfield il (1957 ?) mother used a different last name kept first and middle name Mary Verona only found out about this 11/2013 would love to find my sister #12
Midge - 1 week ago
Looking for my half brother. adopted in October - Dec. 1967 by a Mrs. V. Walker family who attended an Irvington, nj church called Calvary Temple. His birth name was Hourigan, Ed He was 2 or 3 yrs old when adopted. Possible birth date 1xxxxx? #13
Jaci Wright - 3 months ago
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I'm looking for any siblings that had Allen Dale Wright as their father. I was told that while he was in the military, he got a gal pregnant that had twin girls. I'm not sure if it was while he was in Korea or Japan but would have been 1xxxxx. I was also told during that time he and girlfriend /wife gave up for adoption - 2 children. Also in the time period listed. They would have been born in California. Southern California - I think and their mom's name was Lorraine. But that's all I know. Please contact me if this info fits you. Thanks! xxxx #14
Margaret - 1 month ago
I am looking for a half-sister my mother had before she married-my mom's name was Jene Patricie Pitts-she was in school at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. This would have been in 1941 or 1942. I do not know anything else. Are you out there sister? #15
lisa VanVorous - 1 month ago
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I'm looking for a half brother who was born in Tacoma, Wa in the late 40s or early 50s. My mom loved him, butwas un-wed and the story goes, the dad left her. My moms name was Tuttle. I have no idea how or where to start. He did find her in 90s but it was too painful for her. His name is Steven. Can someone steer me in right direction? Thank you. I can be reached at xxxx #16
kiisha - 2 months ago
Im looking for my brother clyde allen who was adopted at the age of 3 he is between the age of 21-24 give or take I cant remember how many years apart we are... cps removed him from my grandmothers who we wr all placed with because I told them she abused him.. not knowing I would never see him again #17
Sky - 3 weeks ago
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I have 2 sisters that the state of Virginia made my mother gave up for adoption. I'm not sure there exact ages only that I'm pretty sure they're both teenagers, one may be 18 by now. I know their names are Jessica Noel #18
sharon - 3 weeks ago
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looking for a sibling born and adopted out between 1946 to 1950 in montana either savage or Helena montana mother name was linda mcconaha xxxx #19
Laurel - 2 months ago
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I am looking for a sister who was put up for adoption. She tried to find us about 10 years ago but my brother in Chicago may have discouraged her search. The surname is Mauk. This woman was born between 1xxxxx, either in Clark County IL or Edgar County IL. The birth mother is Kathryn Gibbons Mauk and father is Wiliam Mauk. It is possible that the birth mother could have been an aunt. Mary Ellen Mauk or Carolyn Mauk. We are looking for you sister! #20
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