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 - 5 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
amanda stewart - 1 week ago
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My brother was born April 1st 1979 in cookeville tn. To my mother Amy Stewart our fathers name was Michael Hardy . And my brothers real name before being adopted was Jeremy Michael Hardy Stewart ... I have heard a 1000 diff things and I just want to find him..... Any help is extremely appreciated.... Thanks Amanda Stewart..... #2
Jessica - 2 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. #3
Tara - 2 weeks ago
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I am looking for a possible sibling were not sure exists. Born in April May or June of 1985. Month may be diffrent. We believe the birth mothers name is Lauren she lived in Sarasota fl and had a relationship with our father Tony Crump please contact me xxxx #4
Andrew - 2 months ago
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My half sister who was adopted has now turned 18 I would like to find her. My bio mom was Amber Martin / Patino. The bio dad was Richard Patino. Your name was Jessica Martin. You became Sara Jensen, Tehachapi CA Your Adopted Mom and Dad Are Charles and Allison Jensen. #5
Alexis - 3 months ago
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Hi. I was Adopted, basically when i was born. I am 17 years old. I know my Biological mom but no idea who my dad is. No one does. I have a half brother and sister who are adopted into a different family. They are together tho. We were all born in Texas. I still live in Texas and I believe they do to. I know the Names they were given when they were born. My siser, Desiree, and My brother, Christian. But they're names were Changed when they were adopted. I am the oldest of the 3 of us. I was born in Texas City, Tx in March 1996. My Sister, Desiree was also born in Texas City, Tx in Either December 1996 or January 1997. And my brother Christian was born in Austin, Tx in I think is October 1998. I believe those are where they were born and they're birth months #6
D - 2 weeks ago
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Would be interested in finding my sister born in March 1986 I believe. In virginia. I was born in 1983 and she was adopted by our babysitters. #7
Ana - 2 months ago
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I am searching for a half sister and another half sibling (sex unknown, likely female). We all share the same biological father, but three different mothers. Each of them were given up for adoption by their mothers. They would have been born in St. Clair or Madison Counties in Illinois in late 1983 or 1984. The shared biological father has the surname Elmore. He is short with dirty blond hair and green eyes. #8
Patti - 3 weeks ago
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I am looking for my half brother. I just found out he was born in Ruston,La in Dec. of 1959. His mothers name was Virginia Ann and not sure where he might be living now. #9
Cheri - 2 months ago
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I am searching for my adopted brother. I think he was born in Astoria, OR somtime around August 1959. My mom was not married and she and her family was in Guantanama Bay, Cuba when she got pregnant. She was sent back to the states and was with her grand parents at the time of birth. #10
Lori - 1 month ago
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I have one brother and two sisters, on my dads side, His name was Harlan Ivan Johnson, I also have a sister Alice Larsen, and a older brother Robert Larsen who live in Moses Lake Washington.. #11
Timothy - 3 months ago
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Im looking for my half sister, that was put up for adoption around 1973 I dont have much information. my dads name is Frank Grajiola Sr and the mother is Nancy Cooper. The adoption agency was Gladney center for adoption in fort worth texas, If you have any information. I would love to meet my sister thank you #12
Guest - 1 month ago
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llooking for sister born in ebesnburg area pa in the mid 1980's. Birth parents were William Byrne and Pamela Seigrist. #13
candace - 3 months ago
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Hi im looking for my oldest brother justin he was addopted wen i was really little and i would like to find him. His last name used to be prizendorf but i believe it was changed. I really would like to meet him if hes willing. My name is candace rawlin. #14
Guest - 2 months ago
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i am trying to find my adopted sister am i doing the right thing i dont want to disrupt her life #15
Felicia - 6 months ago
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I just found out I was adopted and want to find my 3 siblings I have never met or knew about i have a sister in her 30's and 2 brothers in their mid 20's I don't know either names. How can I get the help I'm looking for? #16
Betty - 3 months ago
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My name is Betty Gaines. I lost my baby brother over 30 years ago. I do not know anything about him. I only know he was born in Louisville, Ky and adopted from Catholic Charities. I was told by the staff until his adoption his name was Baby Gaines.I have been searching for him for many years now but due to all the adoption laws a sibling can not get any information. I will keep looking for my baby brother until my last breath. #17
Morgan - 9 months ago
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I have thought about this for many years and now I find myself now looking for possibly a sibling who was born the year my mother died in child birth. I find it very strange but now I find I need help to solve this family situation. I found it strange my mother grave was not marked. She supposedly buried with my uncle Bill. the mention of the child later was never placed on the grave marker. My sister Sandra pretends it does not matter. My aunt Katheryn later turns a stranger away from her home. Unanswered and isolated questions regarding the death of my mother. I need help to find out the truth. #18
Elizabeth - 2 months ago
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I was adopted at the age of 5. My birth mother was Gail Elizabeth Guthrie. I heard I have a twin out there, but I have never been able to find him or her. Please help me if you can. #19
Jan McGaha - 5 months ago
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I was born May 25, 1952 in Shelbyville, IL. My parents names were Fred and Elsie Reynolds. They gave me the name Betty Jean Reynolds. I was gave up for adoption when I was 4 years old. There were 7 of us children. Raymond, Jim and Cathy are the only sibling names I know. Can anyone help me? #20
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