Adoption Search & Reunion

The search and reunion journey can be scary, confusing, and overwhelming. It can also be exciting, fulfilling, and joyful. The first step in the reunion journey is to make sure that you're emotionally ready. There are many possible outcomes to acknowledge, both positive and negative, before beginning. Consider going to support groups or a professional counselor to make sure that you're prepared.

There isn't one right way to conduct your search. You have many options to consider. Online adoption registries are a great resource. You can both search for that one person or you can enter your own information, in hopes that the person for whom you're looking is also searching for you. You can also use social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, to get the word out about your search.

The reunion journey can take anywhere from days to years. It's more than just a journey to find that person. It is also a journey of self. During this time, you'll discover new things about yourself and your situation. You'll come to a better understanding of your feelings, experiences, and perceptions. And when you do find the person for whom you're searching, you'll have a new journey ahead of you: building a healthy relationship and moving forward.


Search & Reunion Articles

Adoption search describes the decision an adoptee, birth parent or other birth relative makes to find one another after the adoption experience has severed any former contact. Why someone is doing and adoption search dictates how difficult and time-consuming it will be. The most popular search reason for adoptees and birth relatives is "medical history," according to a study by Kowal and Schilling. But many adoptees, birth siblings and birth parents are simply curious about one...

Search & Reunion Blogs

Expanding Horizons~Part 2
Later, we gathered for a while in my birth mother, Viís, home. It was a lovely old home she was renovating, with a...
How to Handle the Naysayers
Ladies and gentlemen, if you plan a search , or have yet to reunite physically with birth family, do this: Wear your...

Search & Reunion Forums

Thank YOU!
I am happy to say that after 40 years of wondering I found my birth family thanks to this website! I found an old...
Birthmother ISO Twins
My twins were adopted at 2 years old. I have their Social Security Cards. Would this be a way for me to search for...

Adoption Reunion Registry


May 8, 1974 (F) - Have a half sister and hale brother also. parents weren't married. [more]

Jan 10, 1986 (F) - Was adopted out to a family in petersburg va [more]

Birth Mothers

Sep 24, 1985 (F) - My daughter was taken from me by the department of public welfare in... [more]

Apr 26, 1969 (F) - She was adopted by a family in williamsburg, va about 15 days after... [more]

Birth Fathers

Aug 30, 1974 (M) - He was adopted by a family in percelville virginia [more]

Apr 12, 1989 (M) - Just want you boys to know that i think about you all the time and... [more]

Siblings, etc.

Apr 23, 1969 (F) - Baby was adopted at hospital possibly throught the state program. [more]

Feb 18, 1964 (F) - Registration no. g7qjgrv29352 birth sibling iso female adoptee (vs)... [more]

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