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 - 10 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
Sarah cheesman - 4 weeks ago
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Hi, my name is sarah I am 18years old and a few years ago I found out that I have 2 older lost brothers name kevin Garcia and Andrew Garcia they are about 3-5 years older then me . They where taken away from my mother Angie Marie Garcia by the system and was adopted together. My mother suffered from losing her baby's. I promised my mother when I turned 18 I will start a search for my lost older brothers. Not just for my mother but also for my self to know who are my two brothers. I suffered not having none of my other siblings in my life like I wanted them to be because I'm the youngest child of 6 kids and I never recieved the love I wished for from my siblings and I hope to soon receive that love from my brothers. I pray to god every night to please answer my prayers . I don't know where to start or how to start if there is any advice I can get that will be very helpful. Thank u #2
Emily "Jessica" Hulburt - 1 month 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. #3
sharon - 2 months 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 #4
Tara - 2 weeks ago
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I am searching for my older brother. He was placed for adoption a few days after he was born. His birth name was Ryan and he was born in Jackson, Mississippi on 10/24/71. My mom was at a Baptist group home for unwed mothers. Any information would be appreciated. #5
Karen - 2 weeks ago
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I have always known that I have a brother somewhere that was put up for adoption. When my mother went to deliver the baby, she told us (her 5 kids)that the baby died so that we would not fear being given up as well. My mother put the baby up for adoption as she could not care for one more child. The baby was a boy and we referred to him as "Tommy". He was born at Belmont Community Hospital in Chicago around May 13, 1968. If anyone knows where else I can look to find this lost brother please let me know. Thank you. #6
Tabatha - 3 weeks ago
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I found out a year ago that my mother who already had 4 children gave a brother of mine up for adoption. I am the youngest of 6 children and I would love to meet my 4 brother. All I know is that my mother lived in Lincoln Park NJ, he was born 1960 to 1961 in Pompton Plains, NJ. It was a private adoption done in a lawyers office in Lincoln Park.. I would appreciate any help.... Thank You #7
dejah - 4 weeks ago
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Im try to find my adopted brother us both was adopted then later on he moved then we came out of contact the last time we herd from them we found ouy that they was Indiana please help his name is eric and he's light skin middle name could be Washington and he should be 12-14 if you found anything please comment ill check it everyday #8
Emily - 2 months 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! #9
Sara.Tafunai Manu - 2 months ago
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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 #10
shadie - 2 months ago
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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 #11
Nanci - 3 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 #12
Kaylee Johnson - 2 months 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. #13
Maggie - 2 months ago
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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! #14
crystal - 3 days ago
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Hi my name is crystal I been trying to find my little brother he 27 birth name deaaron Davis born in Decatur at St Marys hospital in Illinois I never meet him my mom gave him up at birth his birthday March 24 I wonta say #15
Stephen - 3 days ago
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I can't find my sister Tasha ebert who was adopted I want to know more about my sister #16
danielle pond - 3 days ago
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i would really like to find my birth siblings but i don't know where to start. can someone please help me out xxxx #17
Aushze - 2 months 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. #18
Melissa - 3 weeks ago
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I'm looking for my older brother and younger sister...... I was adopted with my younger brother Robert, I believe our last name was Audry not sure about spelling our mother died and we were roaming the streets in NJ. #19
ebony elsberry/westmoreland - 3 weeks ago
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Looking for Diondra Nicole Elsberry born in March of 88 to a now deceased Margaret Elsberry.she was born in villa Rica Ga at the tanner medical center. Has two sisters named ebony and betty Joyce or bj. Please help me #20
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