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

Thousands of adoptees and their birth relatives register with state and private registries in hopes of reuniting. For some, search and reunion is positive and helps tie up loose ends and curiosity that comes with maturity. Sometimes the motive for a search is to find information about a birth parent's medical background. Sometimes the motive is to meet one's birth parent or birth relative and establish a relationship. Every search is as justified as the next, but they can be an...

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...
Little Sister, Penny
My mind was a blank slate regarding my birth siblings . Born of the same mother, as far as I knew our resemblance would...

Search & Reunion Forums

For those who have reunited with family, what advice would you give to someone hoping to reunite with his/her birth...
w/f/1967/NJ still in search for...
I haven't given up yet. I am caucasion, female, born somewhere (Passaic on amended bc) in New Jersey, August 17,...

Adoption Reunion Registry


Dec 5, 1962 (M) - I was placed in the adoptive home march 7, 1963. [more]

May 14, 1984 (F) - Private attorney david butler handled the adoption. [more]

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Nov 30, 1974 (M) - Birth mother from nashwauk, mn. birth father from keewatin, mn. birth... [more]

Jun 30, 1986 (M) - Note was given to stephen's adoptive parents with contact for nettie... [more]