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Beginning an adoption reunion search can be the start to an emotionally difficult, yet rewarding journey. The first step is the biggest step you'll take. Deciding to begin your search and reunion journey commonly requires dedication, perseverance, and emotional and mental fortitude. Some of those who search find who they're looking for right away while others can search for years without success. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to know which category you'll fall into before you begin the process. However, even if success isn't met right away, the journey holds a lot of other benefits and advantages, including a better understanding of yourself and your life experiences.

Once you've decided to start your search, you will then have to decide how you're going to move forward. For starters, it's possible that the agency used to facilitate the adoption offers post-adoption services that include a registry or third party intermediary who will attempt to locate and contact the member of the triad you are searching for.

You can also search online directories that aren't related to a specific agency. Many of these online directories are free, including the Adoption.com Reunion Registry. Because of the modernity and popularity of social networking sites, that's a great place to start, too. Of course, these methods will only work if you already have identifying information about that person. You could also use the expertise of professional searchers, who do cost money, or search angels, who are free to work with. There are so many different ways to start and continue your reunion search, but you don't have to choose only one method. Why not try them all?

Often, services available through agencies or professional searchers do cost money, as mentioned above, so it's important to research the services you are investigating before taking that first step. Becoming active in online adoption communities will allow you to speak to others who may have used the services you are considering or it may lead you in a whole different direction altogether. However, it might be best to start with the free resources before moving on to the paid ones.

Once you've started your search, you'll want to begin the preparation for a possible reunion. It's important to keep your expectations of the relationship low and take things one step at a time. This is because you don't want to get your hopes up, have the reunion fail in some way, and become devastated. Keeping expectations low or expectations open and pliable means that you can get back up and keep trying until you're happy with the results. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and leap forward while emotions are high. However, taking time to ease into the relationship and build a strong foundation is important in the very first stages.

Try to keep communication light and easy until you've gotten to know the person a little better. Once you've gotten to know your adopted child or birth parent, you can then start to address the emotional topics, which will inevitably come up.

The reunion journey is an exciting one, even with all the bumps and hurdles along the way. Remember that every journey will be different, so try not to compare your reunion journey with others. Focus on your goal and your progression, and you'll soon be able to reconnect and reunite!

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j - 10 months ago
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Please if you were adopted some of the times it is for the right reason. I did give my daughter up for adoption hoping for better than I could provide.... now I find it hard debating to open a can of worms and stir up feelings finding her or that if I do find her it will be very good...in my case if you give up a child for the right reason very heavy guilt and constant pain .. never gets easier only harder ,, every year every holdiday ever birthday, every day period #1
Debi - 6 months ago
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I would like to help my sister-in-law find her adopted child that was adopted in Ohio back in the 50's or 60's. She left her child with her family members while she looked for a job and when she returned they had adopted her out. What is the best way for me to do this? #2
Danielle - 10 months ago
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i am trying to find my sister. my mother gave her up for adoption when she was born and i would like to find her as a surprise for my mother. just wondering on how i go about this ? help please. #3
Guest - 10 months ago
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Looking for birth father from East Bay Area California. I was born feb 1....1975 in Alameda and had a closed adoption. Need health information, please . Greatly appreciate any news. #4
Lisa - 10 months ago
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My boyfriend (now husband) and I gave up for adoption our twin sons at birth in 1978. On July 17, 2013, we found one of the twins on this site. Five days later, and living only 45 minutes apart, we were joyously reunited with him, his wife, and two children (our grandchildren!). We were so happy to hear that the twins were raised together but learned that his brother had moved to Arizona eight years earlier. So on December 6, 2013, we flew to Arizona to meet him, his wife, and their two children (more grandchildren!). The twins were especially thrilled to find out that they have two younger full-blood brothers who share in their excitement, and their relationship is flourishing. It's been a mutual feeling of elation to be reunited, our love is growing by the day, and we are so excited to be living out the remainder of our lives together. I encourage you to keep the faith, don't ever give up searching, and hope will find a way. #5
Susan - 2 months ago
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I've been looking for my biologicla brother who was adopted into another home for over 10 years now...ive sent out flyers on gfacebook and still have no contact with him...it's hard and emotionally draining anmd I find myself holding my heart because I feel a little empoty without knowing who he is,m if he's okay if I will ever meet hiim...I've had no luck and every day it seems harder and harder and further and further away from reach....I haven o one I know that is also adopted or reunited ewith family...I don't know any way to start or how to go about anything....i need help and each day it's less and less easy to find a path to go on... #6
gemma - 2 months ago
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Only just found out my mum had a baby and 16 and due to her been so young she had her adopted she would be around 32. Now how do i go about finding her as my mum regrets what happened but would i would like to find her. #7
Sara - 6 months ago
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emotional journey feels like an understatement. I am registered everywhere, and haven't found even the smallest clue. I feel like a ghost, a whisper through the wind. But I hold onto the hope that you are searching for me to. I just want a glimpse at eyes that mirror mine. Sorry I am trying to remain positive and not trying to come across as negative, and reading all your positive comments gives me hope. #8
Megan Pierson - 4 months ago
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Yesterday was my dad's birthday.. It really had me Thinking whether or not she's out here looking for us? Which really there's not many days that go by that I'm not thinking about it. Maybe it's best not to know her, like a mysterious part in our heads the way we would imagine her.. A woman we might look up to.. Or she could be woman we wouldn't be proud to a accept.. So maybe it's best that we never met.. So I can put all these imaginations in my head of how an incredible woman she is.. And that I'm just like her in some ways.. To push myself to be the best that I can be! But a part of me is missing... A grandma I never got to meet. A family I never got to know. Apart of her is in me.. In my blood, running through my veins.. I am her.. So I hope one day, she'll have enough courage to meet all of us.. Cause we sure want to meet her!(: to get a restart on life.. Like finally the question all of has been wondering/ asking.. Is finally answered without hesitation. #9
Michael - 5 months ago
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Male born on September 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, Florida (I think) and processed through The Children's Home Society. Supposedly my mother died before my adoption finalized in October 1985. I was told she was beaten and fell into a coma from which she never awoke. I may have two half brothers through her. I have completed 23andMe.com and found that I am largely British-Irish with hints of Polish-Russian. Contact: xxxx This is the beginning of my journey, and it already feels like the end. The Florida statutes protect the biological parents like I'm a piece of irrelevant chattel without a say in the matter. Closed adoption laws are so inhumane to adult adoptees. The very nature of human behavior and instinct is to look to your history for enlightenment. Hence, the wide popularity of archaeology and genealogy. It's human nature to investigate the past. Legislatures should be ashamed of their decisions to seal off all identifying information to adoptees. #10
Teresa - 2 months ago
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Looking for birth mother and or siblings born april 1960 omaha nebraska. Dont have any names place of birth. was adopted from Nebraska childrens home to a loving family who could not have children. Interested in family health history and meeting any siblings if any. #11
Alice Alvarez - 11 months ago
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Hi iam new at this but i had to try iam not sure if this is the way i should start but i had to start somewhere. Iam looking for my two boys Iam not sure if there names were changed but the birth names are Jusin Francisco Alvarez jr. and Christopher Francisco Alvarez jr.. They were born Dec12,1998 and May 11,2002.I the birth mother Alice Alvarez lost my as far as i know My kids were born in San Antonio Tx. If anyone sees this and you know about my kids please let me know. I just want to know how there doing i understand if they wouldnt want to meet there birth mom.My kids were adopted to a family in Mc,Callen Tx. Thank you very much. #12
Bobbie - 11 months ago
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I'm a birth mother ... My son was born in Oakland, Ca.. Feb 9th 1964 ..You called me Your name is Gary ..Gary when you called me I was in shock ..But I loved hearing from you.... Please call me again ... I was so young when you were born ..There fore I had no choice but to adopt you to a family who could give you more than I could had ever. I have always thought about you and have loved you all my life and always will.. please call me again .. I am sorry that I could not meet you with your half sisters ..Call me and I can try to explain why .... I hope the information I gave you helped .. I hope you were able to find your birth father Steve ... Please call me again ... How I wish I had talked more to you ..But with our conversation it felt as if I was talking to a long tine friend .... thank you so much for reaching out to me ..I'm sure it was a shocking to hear my voice for the first time.. as it was for me to hear yours ...I will always be there for you if you want ... Love Bobbie #13
WendyK - 11 hours ago
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Looking for Birth Family. I was born in New Orleans and adopted through Volunteers of America. I am unsure if my birthdate 10/21/67 is correct. My adopted parents have both now passed on. I have blond hair and creole blue eyes. I had pneumonia as an infant and spent some time in the hospital. Art and holistic healing have been my lifelong passions. I have been an entrepreneur since my late teens, and have a mechanical mind. I am searching for any information about my birth family. I have my own family, but have been interested to know more about my medical history and lineage for myself and my children. If discretion is needed, I have no issues with that at all. I have no intention or desire to create controversy or confusion in anyone's life. I have had a full and wonderful life. I am in no way judgmental, and believe that all paths are chosen for a reason. #14
Berra Christopher - 2 days ago
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Dear friends out there, my name is Berra Christopher from united states i had a problem with my husband 5months ago, which lead to our break up. when he broke up with me, i was not my self again, i felt so empty inside me. until a friend of mine Rebbecca told me about a spell caster who helped her in the same problem too. i emailed Dr uduga the spell caster and i told him my problem and i did what he asked of me, to cut the long story short. before i knew what was happening my husband gave me a call and told me that he was coming back to me in just 2days and was so happy to have him back to me. we had our two kids together for the Xmas and New Year and we are happy with our selves. thanks to Dr uduga for saving my relationship and for also saving others own too thank you very much. continue your good work dr uduga the great spell caster, if help is needed email address : xxxx or his cell number xxxxx618 Berra Christopher from United States #15
Billy Lynn - 2 weeks ago
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I am searching for my birth father. I was born Dawn Christie Kazzee to Violet Marie Sinks Kazzee April 23, 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri. I was adopted by Bill and Opal Tedder in 1968 and my name changed to Billy Lynn Tedder. I found my birth mother, who I lost in 2012, and brothers by her, now would love to complete my search and find my birth father and his family. I have been told his name is James Lewis and he had reddish hair and wore glasses. I had a very good life growing up and did not find out I was adopted until I was 27. My mom had passed away the year before and I never told my dad, who I lost in 05. I have 5 wonderful children and 2 awesome grandsons who I would love for my birth father and his family to meet. Thank you for any and all help!! God Bless! #16
scotch bruce - 2 weeks ago
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Hi everyone, I do hope my post gets read and hopefully helps somebody along the line.i will never forget the help priest OKIKA temple render to me in my marital life. i have been married for 4 years now and my wife and i love each other very dearly . after 3 years of our marriage my wife suddenly change she was having an affair with a guy outside,i notice it then i was praying for divine intervention the thing became more serious i told my pastor about it we prayed but nothing happen. my wife just came home one day she pick up her things and left me and the kids, at this time i was confuse not knowing what to do again because i have lost my wife and my marriage too. i was just checking my mails in the office when i saw someone sharing her testimony on how Dr OKIKA temple help her out with her marital problems so i contacted the email of Dr OKIKA i told him my problem and i was told to be calm that i have come to the right place that i should fill some information concerning my self i #17
Shanel - 2 weeks ago
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I am looking for a teenage African American girl, her name.is Raven chantell. Gray. She was adopted around 2009/2009, I'm not really sure but I really need to find her. She is from Pittsburgh, pa, I don't.know.of she knows her birth mother or father. Saundra settles is her birth mother and Leroy Gray is her birth father. I was young myself when this happened but,I really wanna find my sister. She have 5/6 other brothers and sister.Raven if you are reading this please get contact with me please. We love and.miss.you so much please. My # is xxxxx. Please call me #18
duity - 3 weeks ago
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I broke up with my wife last 5 months due to many misunderstandings i was fighting so hard to get her back. none of her friends would give me any information about her. The only thing I could do was to go find help from anywhere, so i looked for a way to get her back then a friend recommended me to contact Therapist Oniha of the xxxx that he will help me and as my friend said, Therapist Oniha helped me to bring back my wife in just in 3 days, I now have her back and this is the biggest joy of my life oohhhh am so happy now with her forever. #19
Andrea - 3 weeks ago
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The short story is that I was born in Kew Gardens Hospital in Queens, NY on July 4 1959. As a little girl I'd ask for my sister and get glares from my mother. Then as a teenager I was always told there's this girl, yes! named Andrea who'd frequent the same places as I. We even went to the same college where her professor would reprimand me for cutting his business class. I was a Nursing major and am an RN. We'd frequent the same stores even one day she had just left the pool supply store and I'd enter the same n within 3 minutes of her departure. The manager of the store was teasing me, "Now what'd you forget, Andrea"!"Fortunately the Asst Manager took notice she #20
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