Online Guide to Adoption Search & Reunion

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The purpose of this guide is to educate, to provide a detailed view of not only the search process, but also the reunion process, and to equip the reader with knowledge to help in understanding the intricacies involved. It explores the means, methods, and motivations of search and reunion, and also the emotional impact that often follows.

Table of Contents

PART 1 - The Search

  1. Considering a Search
  2. Preparation for a Search
  3. Beginning A Search
  4. Resources and How to Use Them
  5. Databases and Documents
  6. Specialized Searches

PART 2 - The Reunion

  1. How to Begin a Reunion
  2. Emotional Growth, Healing and Recovery
  3. The Dynamics of Reunion

Appendix A – Search Resources by State

Appendix B – Sample Documents & Letters

Appendix C – Miscellaneous Links

Appendix D – Book List

Glossary of Words & Terms

About the Author



Credits: Jan Baker

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Paul Bozardt - 4 years ago
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I'm looking for my birth-parents born June 26,1967 in Houston Texas @ De Pelchin Children's Center. College Station Texas, Oliver #1
Katherine (LEE) Nichols - 1 hour ago
Maryland DHS sent me to this site. My half-sister along with four other siblings were removed from their home by Baltimore Social Services sometime around 1953, and all were put up for adoption. I found the family of the mother, however she has since passed. I have NO dates of birth for any of the children and because I live in WI, I cannot search the records. Jeffrey, from the DHS Adoption Reunion told me my only hope was to file the paperwork, be put on the list, and hope for a miracle. Because both parents have passed, regarding my half-sister there is no where to go. If I could find one of the five siblings, and he/she requested a search, then the State of Maryland would help. That is an impossible task, as I don't know the fathers of the other four siblings. The five siblings removed have six other siblings, all wanting contact. There has to be something that can be done. My father died waiting for me to find his daughter, my half-sister. #2
Joan - 2 months ago
I was adopted I am 52 year old woman born at st Vincent's hospital in Phila pa my moms name as Suzan she was the oldest of eight she was 19 My fathth was a drop out he was 20 they were going to get married but my father was runnng are pun my mother was a telephone operator I was baptized under the name Eillene Catherine my birthday is June 2 1964 I was 5 lbs1oz I had two club feet I am itrish and English my mother was five four with brow hair and blue eyes my father had blonde blond hair and blue eyes my mother showed up the times to reliquish me #3
Alisa - 4 weeks ago
I was born in the Los Angeles, CA ( Santa Monica?) on 12/31/1963. Adopted from Holy Family Adoption agency. I was told I am Romanian, Norwegian and Irish. I am looking for birth parents to say "Thank you" (or any relatives.) My papers say my mother was a music teacher, my father a college student. Thank you... #4
Ava T - 2 years ago
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Searching for birth mother. Baby girl born 03/19/1966 in Sioux City, IA. Mother lived at Florence Crittenton Center during pregnancy and was 19 years old. Baby was born at 2:35 pm, 6 pounds 12.5 ounces, 19.5 inches long. Birth mom was 19, Swedish and Norwegian, Lutheran. She was 5 foot 3/5 inches tall and weighed about 128. She graduated high school. Liked psychology but not bookkeeping. She worked at the following places: cafeteria, drug store, dime store, candy company, hospital, hotel, and discount store. Birth mom had hospitalization due to suicide attempts and psychiatric care. Birth mom was adopted herself and her brother was also adopted. Did not get along with adoptive parents. At the time of the baby’s birth, birth mom lived with a Caucasian man in a trailer. This man was going through a divorce at the time. This man was named the father but birth mother was unsure. This man was 29 and from Germany. He came to the US 8 years before 1966. He worked for a dance studio. #5
Rhonda combs - 6 days ago
I'm look for my daughter that's was adopted in oklahoma city her birth name was Avilia Alicia combs birth date 10/10/1997.adoption not sure of the date. #6
Kirsten - 3 years ago
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My brothers and I are looking for our adopted brother. Our mother was forced to give him up for adoption when she was 16. He was named Jason and born on either May 28 or 30, 1972 or 1973 in Connecticut (Yale New Haven Hospital we believe). Any information would be greatly appreciated. We have never met him but definitely miss him in our lives!!! #7
Anne - 3 years ago
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looking for Sheppearl michelle, her birth name, born in Syracuse NY November 1972, I love you, please get in tpich with me, im ill something you nee to know medically. #8
Sue - 4 months ago
I am searching for Lisa Lyn West (name at birth) January 28, 1969 born in Toronto, Ontario. Do not know her adopted name. Birth Mother's name was Anice. She has 3 sisters who would love to find her if she is searching also. #9
James Robert Millark - 6 months ago
Looking for birth parents. I was born in Kirkland Lake Ontario I was born on Decemeber 31, 1961. My birth parents were from Saskatchewan. Email me at xxxx #10
Adrian - 8 months ago
My name is Adrian Rodriguez (born Adrian Alicea in February 25th, 1987) and I'm searching for my biological mother Bonnie Alicea who put me up for adoption through the little Flower adoption agency. #11
Kendra - 1 year ago
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Birth mother searching Birth Son. Born 28 Sept 1991 in Pocatello, Idaho #12
Sabrina miller - 3 years ago
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Looking for two brothers and one sister that was adopted through State of Alabama.....their names were Russell, Terry, and Wendy Kerschner. I was not bitten yet when they were adopted, weshare the same father but not mother, however my mom shared all the information age knew about them. She was told they were adopted all by the same family. Please contact me at xxxx #13
Guest - 1 year ago
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I'm lookin for my son who got adopted 15 yrs ago I haven't seen him since I still have social security card and birth certificate Antonio espinoza born 10-24- 97 #14
jodi - 1 year ago
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i cant even read this and either can anyone else cuz none of this is le gal #15
Dee - 1 year ago
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I'm searching for my brother, Billy (William). He was adopted in MD. In the early 60's. His birth date is 3/17/1959. I believe his fathers name on birth certificate is earnest Gordon. Please contact xxxxx. #16
debbie wratislav - 4 years ago
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I am looking for my son named Clayton Jason Hope, birth date Sept 13, 1975. He was given up on the day of his birth -- Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster BC. #17
Sylvia - 3 years ago
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Looking for birth daughter born May 5 1966 Mason City Iowa, I did not name her and was not informed as to the adoption, IA adoption laws have not changed and the court will not allow me to open the adoption records. She has a brother and two sisters please pass along any news you might have. #18
Linda - 1 year ago
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Searching for birth mom or any family. I was adopted through Catholic charities in trento n.j.born June 29 1970.birth name may have been Tracy .birth Mon maybe Vera. #19
Kim Zimmerman Monroe - 2 years ago
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I'm searching for my hair-sister who was born in 1972. I only have her first and middle name: Donna Lynn and her birthdate is June 20 and she was born at Mercy Hospital in Mariemont, OH. May have the Maiden name of Janis or Janes? #20

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