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 - 1 year 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 months ago
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 - 4 months 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
amarie - 2 weeks ago
My sister and I are searching for our siblings our fathers name is Richard he was a truck driver so they could be any where our mothers name is Charlotte. We need to find them as they are a part of our family and we have medical history that they should have #4
Katrina - 1 month ago
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the family rumor is that my mother had another child and gave her up for adoption. Both parents have both passed and I have no way of knowing if the rumor is fact or just that a rumor. The child was born around 1964 or 1965 was a girl and was in Kansas any idea how I find out about birth records in that state #5
sharon - 5 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 #6
Jonnae - 2 months ago
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My mom told me when I was 10 that she had a miscarriage. Five years later, today she tells me that I have a brother that got adopted. I feel hurt and lost right now. I have no idea where he is and what to do, but the only thing that I guess I can do is pray to God that he is living in a stable environment. All I want is to know where my brother is in this sense of time. #7
Shawna Lay - 3 months ago
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My mother did not tell me till I was 22 that I had an older brother that was given up for adoption. I don't know a lot since my mother did not give me very much information. He was born in Arkansas around when my mother was 18-19. He could be anywhere between 5-6 years older then me and I am 30. My mother's maiden name is Teresa Noga. So if you see this and want to get in touch with me and my older sister I live in Kansas City, Mo. #8
Jeff luft - 3 months ago
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I was adopted when I was 17 months old. I am 30 now I have found out i have 4 other siblings from my birth mother. I have made contact with 3 if them. They told me she had another daughter. She would of been born between 1984 and 1992 out of Ft dodge iowa mothers name Jacky Medearis. Thanks jeff xxxx #9
Karen - 3 months 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. #10
dejah - 4 months 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 #11
Nanci - 6 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
Emily - 4 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! #13
deborah sallee - 1 month ago
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i'm looking for a half brother born in a place for unwed mothers in fort wayne, indiana. all i know is he may have been born in 1962? his mothers name is grace kelsey. i think that is how it is spelled. how would i go about looking for him? #14
MARTY - 1 month ago
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the adoption was private. I know the name of the adoptive parents but cannot find a phone numver #15
Kaylee Johnson - 5 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. #16
Joan - 2 months ago
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My grandaughter lives with me.she has two younger sisters that was adopted out.law says she has sibling rights to have contact with her siblings.she cries every night cause she misses them.pls Help #17
ADRENNA - 2 months ago
HELLO MY NAME IS ADRENNA AND I AM LOOKING FOR MY BROTHER HIS NAME IS JIMMY MIDDLE NAME ALEXANDER AND OUR MOTHER NAME IS SABRINA. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR YEARS LOOKING FOR HIM. HE WAS BORN SEPT.12.... IF ANYONE COULD HELP ME PLEASE #18
Aushze - 5 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. #19
timothy - 3 months ago
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um i have never done this but a few years ago my two siters and little brother had gotten adopted and i dont no where to start looking any suggestions #20
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