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 - 8 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
Charlee Charlene Marie Armstrong - 2 days ago
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Hi. My name is Charlee c. I was born March 27 1981. My mother named me Charlene, but I chose my name for myself when I was 6. I was a newborn when I was given to the state. I don't want to know my birth mom anymore than I do already – I just want to learn about my siblings. Did they live good lives? Have they found happiness? Would they like to know about me? Am I the only sibling left? I have never done this before. What information is necessary to get the ball rolling and, hopefully, get me reunited with my long-lost family? I know a few things about my birth mom. Her name is Ladonna Pearl Brundage. My birth name was Charlene Marie Gonzalez, I was born in Orange County, California. I was raised in fostercare in Riverside, CA. I was taken away from the foster home at age six. Let's say they did not treat me with love or kindness. I remember 3 others who were like me living in fostercare. I also remember a teenage girl who took care of me as much as she could. If she reads this I wou #2
Nyasia - 2 months ago
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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
Chrissie - 3 weeks ago
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My husband and I are looking for his brother Johnny. They were both given up for adoption in north providence RI in 1963. He's not sure when Johnny Langton Ottaviano was /was not adopted. Johnny's dob is 5/2/1960. Ri opened birth certificates to adoptees and we found his moms obituary which led us to his 2 other siblings in about 5 minutes. His sister told him that he has a brother Johnny that we are desperate to find, any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll pray for all to find their adopted loved ones if it is meant to be. My husbands reunion with his family thus far has proved to be a wonderful thing that has brought joy into our lives. Best Wishes to all!!! #4
Nanci - 3 weeks 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 #5
Isabel - 3 days ago
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I just found out that before I was born my mother lost three children. The oldests name is Christopher John Zamzow and he was born on June 5, 1995. The second one is Alexis Patrice Zamzow born on December 15, 1994. The last one is Brandy Nicole Zamzow born sometime in September. #6
Margaret - 2 weeks ago
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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? #7
lisa VanVorous - 2 weeks 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 #8
kiisha - 2 weeks ago
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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 #9
Jaci Wright - 2 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 #10
Laurel - 4 weeks 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! #11
shane fields - 21 hours ago
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My name is shane fields, I'm looking for my brother who was put up for adoption in the LaGrange Kentucky hospital before I was born. Named Jordan. He was born either 1990 or 1991. Please help #12
Linda - 1 month ago
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I am looking for my sister who was born on Mother's Day in either 1960 or 1961. I believe she had red hair and her adopted parents named her Marilyn. Her birth mother's name was Margaret H Jensen and her older sister's are twins. I am one of the twins. If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. Thank you. #13
Julie - 2 days ago
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I am looking for my half brother born in May of 1962 in St Paul, MN. His mother's name is Shirley Mae Johnson and his father's name is James McClellan. #14
cheryl - 1 month ago
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I'm trying to find my half brother he has never been a secret my mother has always told me about him. He would be around 49years old now he was given up for adoption when he was 5 years. My mum is willing to give me all the information I need but I am reluctant to ask as she feels she has no right to disrupt his life, but I'm desperate to find him. #15
Lana - 1 month ago
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I recently found out that I have a sister that was adopted before I was born. Her birth name was Jerry Lynn Christ. Her biological father was killed in a motorcycle accident before she was born. She was born on 7/19/1961 in Milwaukee I believe. Mesicordia hospital. I have 2 brothers and 4 sisters... We are all hoping to find her. Our mom would like to see her , but only if she wants to meet her. Please let me know if you have any information... It would be greatly appreciated. #16
angela - 2 months ago
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I'm trying to find my half brother his name is shannon dale hall he was adopted through dhr in hale county alabama hemail was born in December of 1987 and his biological mothers name is Connie. Our father passed away in September 2012. If anyone has any info that could help me find him please xxxxx. I would really love to meet my brother and I don't have much info to go on because my daddy passed away please feel free to call or text me anytime #17
natasha - 2 weeks ago
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i am looking for my baby brother who was adopted at 3 wayne junior andrews,and my two little brother kyle andrews,and tyler andrews. they got seperated from our mum in stoke on trent when she handed us all over any help would mean alot thankyou. #18
Jennifer - 2 months ago
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Anybody have an idea how I would go about finding a brother that my mother gave up for adoption when all I know is it is a boy, was born in Ks and My mothers name and the fathers first name?? Any advice would be appreciated. My mother's name was Joan Clara Livingston. She was born April 26, 1942, but do not know the date my brother was born in Kansas City and somewhere between 1960 and 66 #19
Jessica - 5 months ago
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I was taken by cps and put up for adoption, I was officially adopted at age 10, My father's name was Bill Lee Aschenbrenner his first marriage was to Charlene Walker they had Candy, Geraldine, Billy, me and then two were born after I was taken out Richard, Rebecca, these last two were also adopted.After Charlene passed away in 1983 or 1984, Bill Aschenbrenner remarried her name I think was Ann he had three more children, two boys, one girl they were put up for adoption by their mother after Bill Aschenbrenner went to prison. I am looking for all my brothers and sisters. They were all born around Tacoma Washington. Not sure of the years they were born in but they might have made contact with Bill Aschenbrenner's sister Dorothy who lives in Tacoma. Any info would be greatly appreciated. #20
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