Looking For Birth Mother

If you're looking for your birth mother as an adoptee, you have a few search options available to you after you're a legal adult. There are also other ways to go about looking for a birth mother.

One way to search, although it is a passive form of searching, is to find and register with one's state registry. The way these registries work is by mutual consent. If a birth mother and an adoptee both register, thereby giving their consent, to the release of the sealed adoption record, both parties will be notified. When an adoption record is unsealed, the adoptee will be able to access identifying information about his or her birth mother and, possibly, father.

More active ways of looking for a birth mother include turning to online databases, where people can independently register themselves and look through other registrants' profiles. Adoptees can also hire Search Angels, which is the title of volunteers who help connect adoptees looking for their birth mother, father, sibling or relative.

Hiring a private investigator is also an option as is petitioning the courts to allow a confidential intermediary to access an adoption record and facilitate communication between an adoptee and birth mother.

International adoptees looking for their birth mother are more likely to have a difficult time than domestic adoptees. There are, however, organizations and search groups that have experience conducting international searches.

Not all searches will yield a reunion or meeting between an adoptee and birth mother. However, you never know unless you try. Finding a support group to help with the emotional consequences of searching is suggested by most adoption professionals.

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Guest - 1 year ago
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Looking for birth mother from Arizona. Phoenix or possibly Globe. Male DOB March 19,1973. I'm mixed black/hispanic. Birth cert. says mother usual residence Gila county,Globe,AZ but my adopted mother has never been there. cert also said born @ Good sam medical center at 4:13 pm. #1
Kathy - 17 hours ago
Sorry think I deleted the previous one I'm from stlouis mo my mom gave birth 1948 and 1952 homer g Phillips Ann Armstrong carloyon Armstrong hospitial said y'all died I seen story on news when they lied to so many families anyway my the grace of God my number xxxxx call me please our mom I meant to say #2
Willetta - 5 days ago
I am looking for my bm. I celebrate my birthday on May 18, 1968. I was adopted through the CHS of Florida. Please contact me at xxxx #3
charles custer - 3 months ago
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im looking for my birth mother I was born on January 9th 1960 in queens new York she was a nursing student I am in la jolla California thank you #4
leslie - 3 months ago
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i am looking for my birth mother , was told her name was anne burella , i was born august 12 1957 in norfolk va.please contact me #5
Carla - 8 months ago
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Hi, I'm looking for my birth mother in Seattle. I was born December 29, 1967, Virginia Mason Hospital, Lynn M Harrow. Address on BC is 48th Ave in Seattle. #6
Guest - 9 months ago
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Hi my name is Kari Belin I am born in Shiprock NM I am looking for my birth mother I was told her name might be Rena Lee not sure I am half Navajo and half hispanic .I am now 30 years old #7
janet Riley aka Jeanette Jonhson - 11 months ago
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I''m the birth mother of three kids that went in the system in new York city my son Christopher born in 1988 noel born on Christmas 1989 or 1990 and a girl crystal born 1990 or 1991 l was on drugs but l am saved in the church and l've been looking for my kids thank you #8
amy - 10 months ago
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I was born dec. 22 1970 in oh looking for birth mother #9
Charlene cintron - 2 years ago
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Im looking for my daughter Amy born April 28 1992 in Cambridge, Mass her adoptive parents are Dania and Julie I signed papers to let her know I want to meet her I think her adoptive parents have not told her Contact charlene xxxx xxxxx I love u Amy your 21 years old ur family awaits yoir call #10
Jamie - 10 months ago
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My mother was born September 23,1961 in OKC,OK. We are looking for birth family. We were told that parents had 6 kids. #11
Darcy Lynn - 10 months ago
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I was born 7-17-1983 in Lexington Ky. mother is unknown but I do know I have a sister and mother liked barrel racing!!!! Darcy Lynn was my name from her but was changed to Renee by adoptive parents. #12
Catherine - 1 year ago
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This might seem a bit late for me to be looking for my birth mother but I am 51 years old and I was adopted back in July 1962 and my adopted parents took me home in August. I would love to find my birth mother if she is alive still. I was born in Richmond Va at Retreat For the Sick Hospital. Not sure if that is what it was called back then. I don't even know what her name is. #13
Gabrielle - 10 months ago
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I was born DECEMBER 27th, 1976, in Etobicoke Ontario. My birth mothers name was Brenda Boulay, I have a sister and brother who do not know about me. If you know anything please contact me xxxx #14
shirley Garcia - 1 year ago
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I adopted my son 28yrs ago my son is looking for his birthmother his name is DANTE ANDRES RAYMOND he was born in Colorado in 1983 to a woman by the ROBIN LYNN HILL, MY SON NEEDS CLOSURES He has found one sibling so far, this is adopted MOTHER asking for help for any information. #15
my name is Annie Christine Smith it qas. - 11 months ago
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I was adaped inthe year of 79 0r80 I'm 40years old now my birthday is july 7/3/73my birthmother. was sixteen when she had me i have a stepbrother i would like to meet_ #16
annie christine smith - 11 months ago
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I need closer i have unanswered question I'm not mad I'm forty know please if you have any question for me #17
annie christine smith - 11 months ago
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I was born in 1973of july 3looking for my birth mother she was sixteen when she had me I was born in clevenland nc #18
Trini - 11 months ago
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Born 8/28/1975 in Mobile Al BF..birth mother 14 years of age at time..mother's is Linda Pettway #19
Leanne - 11 months ago
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Looking for birth parents and sibling. Born May 9, 1969 in French Camp, California. Adopted within 3 months. Thank you #20

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