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As you consider starting a search for family members, there are several things to remember:

  • Adoption law and regulations differ from country to country, state to state and, in some states, from county to county. These laws and regulations address the age at which an adoptee can receive information, who can request information, how, and what types of information are available.
  • Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, and Oregon are "open records" states where adoptees can receive original birth and possibly other adoption information on request. Some other states have provisions to release original birth and/or adoption information with restrictions.
  • When requesting information, start with the state where the adoption was finalized and not in the state where the adoptee was born, if different.
  • It's wise to know why you're searching and be as emotionally prepared as possible since your very first steps may result in contact, or your search could last for years with the possibility of never producing results.
  • Unfortunately, there have been cases of people contacting searching adoptees and birthparents claiming to be their parent, child, or sibling when this is not the case. Be aware that this can happen.
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Lisa - 2 years ago
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I am searching for a brother and a sister. My mother was barely a teen when she got pregnant for the first time. She was sent to a girl's home in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the boy was given up for adoption. She was around 13 years old, went home, and went back possibly a year later pregnant again with a girl who was given up. No one will give me enough to go on, but I do know my mother's name was Tina Louise McMichael or Adair, she was born in 1962. She named them James Allen, and Lisa Marie. I would like to be contacted if you think you may be my half brother/sister. I have known about you since I was a little girl, and have always held a place in my heart for you. I am sure you had a great life, but it would be nice to have a brother/sister! xxxx #1
Andrew Christensen - 2 years ago
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I am looking for my birth family; mom, dad and possible siblings. I am a male, born January 23, 1972 in Ramsey county of St. Paul Minnesota. On my birth certificate, there is no hospital listed. Immediately after my birth, I was placed in a lutheran or presbyterian orphanage until the age of 9 months, when I was adopted by my parents. It was told to me that my birth mother was in her teens when she got pregnant with me and was sent away to Minnesota to give birth, before returning home. I have no information on my birth father. The information I have is very little. I attempted to request information on my birth mother by St. Paul's city records, but the adoption was closed and no information was able to be given. I've hit a wall on where to go next. I would like to know who my birth mom is, if I have siblings and how to get into contact with them. Any help or guidance would mean the world to me. Thanks. #2
Carla - 2 years ago
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I was born in May, 1965 in North Carolina and my adoption was handled by The Children's Home Society in Greensboro, NC. At the age of 21, I obtained the adoption records from my file (everything that was allowed for me to have access to). No names were given to me. My mother was young and unmarried and my father was in the military. I was adopted at 6 weeks old and grew up knowing that I was adopted. I love my adopted family very much, but would love to know more about my biological family. #3
Eden - 2 years ago
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I am looking for my adopted half brother. My mother has very recently told me that she had another child when she was 18 in Columbus Ohio, at grant hospital. Her name is Mary Dean (scarberry is maiden). I am not sure if it was through an agency or not. But she said she named him Matthew, but the adoptive parents could have changed it, he was born on Saturday,June 23,1984 he would be 29 now. She doesnt remember the fathers name. My bother died of cancer when i was 9, and i thought that was it, i was gonna grow up and not have a brother, and i did, but now i know that i have brother, i would really like to get to know him. Im curious. And i dont even know if he knows he's been adopted. #4
Karen - 2 years ago
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I was Born in Jacksonville FL on July 18, 1966. The only information I know is that my birth mother was from Australia. My birth father may have been in the air force or involved with NASA. The surname would have been McGee and my parents who raised me kept the name Karen that was given to me by my birth father. I couldn't ask for better parents to raise and love me. Unfortunately they are both now gone. I've always been interested in who and where I come from and wish I had more information. #5
Elizabeth - 2 years ago
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I was born December 9th, 1990 in Evansville, IN at Saint Mary's hospital. I was 26 days early. I'm searching for my Biological Mom. I know she went to Evansville Reitz Memorial High school . She was approximately five foot one, and very petite. She played soccer, was in Spanish club, and around the time of my birth, she would have been 16, turning 17 years old. My birth name was Rachel Marie. My mother was adopted, as well as her littler sister I believe. I have a picture of my biomom, but I can't find a name to place with the face. Any help at all would be appreciated. #6
George - 2 years ago
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I was born on April 23, 1969 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. The adoption agency was The Children's Home, Inc. I was approximately 2 months premature and my birth weight was 4 lbs 14 oz. My adoptive parents weren't even notified that I was born until I was about 2 weeks old and almost ready to come home from the hospital in case I didn't survive. And from what I've been told, as far as I recall, at least one of my biological parents was of Italian descent and at least one of my biological grandparents was a college professor. #7
Beth - 10 months ago
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I am searching for my half sister. Our BM went to CA for the birth. She was very young. She had just turned 15 before giving birth to a baby girl. So that would have been May of 1959 I believe. When I was researching getting sick after visiting Mexico the website I was on had a picture of someone that gone there as a chaperone. The picture of her looked exactly like a picture of me. Even my husband thought it was me. She is one of 5 children our birth mother had. The last four of us have the same BF. I have letters from when she was n CA. Even tried calling the hospital but no one cold help me as to how to try and locate our B sister. Our Birthmothers name was Barbara Jean Smith. And she was from Hagerstown MD #8
Tiffani - 1 year ago
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My mother, Peggy, was adopted when she was seven years old. Her birth parents are named Carolyn and James McDaniel. She was born in Palatka, FL and adopted in North Carolina near Fayetteville. She was the third out of five children, the others being: James and Jerry, both older, and Stacy (Stacey) and Troy, both younger. It has been hard on my mother not knowing where her other siblings are and I've been searching for them since I was in middle school. I found Troy who grew up in Fayetteville and went to South View High School. After graduating in 1992, he found that his sister, Stacy, was also a student there before him. My mother was born in October of 1969 and was in a foster home with Stacy until she was adopted separately. If anyone knows anything it would be really nice for me to reunite my mother and uncle with their family. Thanks. #9
JARED - 1 year ago
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My father was born in Wollongong on 23rd May, 1955 and adopted shortly after. My parents divorced when I was little so my mother cannot help me access any papers and my father refuses. I have barely seen him over my 31 years. I know the name of my father's mother plus a little more information. She was the daughter of a station owner and was 21 when my father was born. The family wanted to keep my father and raise him but his mother thought it was best that he was totally away. Would love for that family to make contact with me. I do not want to uproot anyone's life - just have some information. Thank you. #10
Ashley - 1 year ago
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I was adopted when I was 3 days old. I met my birth parents in 2005. After an unfortunate falling out with my birth mother we haven't spoken since 2009. Recently I found out that my birth mother and her husband had a girl not many years after me, however they gave her up for adoption as well. All I know is that she's a girl, and that she's now between the ages of 19-24. I was born in Canton, Ohio at Aultman Hospital in 1986. Our birth mother's name is Sharon and her father's name is Tim. As far as I can recall they've always lived in Canton, Ohio so I can assume she was born at either Aultman Hospital, Timken Mercy Hospital. I would love any type of information anyone could give me. Thank you! #11
Alex - 2 years ago
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I am looking for my birth family. I was born September 09, 1985 in Sarasota, Florida at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Mother is known to have blonde/reddish hair and blue eyes, average build, short, and around 20 years of age. Father I do not have information on. I am looking to find them and see if I have any siblings, I think I deserve to known and they should know they have grand children/nephews. Would be good to know my medical background. I really want to find out what my bio family is like. I feel like there is a piece of me missing. Please help. #12
Terri Harper - 5 days ago
I was born April 20, 1967 at a hospital in Leavenworth Kansas. I was born to Donna Lee Terry of Shawnee Mission Kansas. The dad who raised me is Dannie Ray Harper. The day I was born my Aunt Debbie drove me and my mom to see a man named Jim Shields. He worked at a horse farm. My mom told him I was not his child, he gave my mom $20 and that's the last time my mom saw him. I am in fact his daughter, my mom lied because she was in love with the dad who raised me, when he was in Vietnam I was conceived/born. Jim Shields may be married to a lady named Mary, and my mom believes he is still resides in Kansas. My mom says I look just like him, tall, slender and my true love are horses. That's about all I know, but I sure hope to find him and will continue searching everywhere. #13
Matthew Christopher Groskopf: - 2 weeks ago
All I know is that her name is MICHELLE and I was born in a BROWARD hospital Hi there, sorry to bother you. But I've been on the search for my birth mother. She gave birth to me in a broward county hospital july 15 1997 and was very young at the time. She wanted me to have everything and live a happy life, when she went to put me up for adoption she heard of a very large family that had a very good reputation with children and gave me over to them. I was two days old when my adoptive family got a hold of me. If you are my mother, please tell me the truth. I have been looking for you for so long and would love to be with you again. I can't tell you how many nights i've spent wondering who my mother or father was and what they were like. Thank you.All I know is that her name is MICHELLE and I was born in a BROWARD hospital Hi there, sorry to bother you. But I've been on the search for my birth mother. She gave birth to me in a broward county hospital july 15 1997 and was very young at th #14
val birtles - 9 months ago
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Can someone help me find my mothers birth certificate her name was Sylvia Maud Thomas 14.2.1926 born in Swansea. Her mother was Maud Thomas (Earl) and her father was William Henry Thomas. I have tried to find her and applied for alot of birth certificates but still cannot find her. She was baptised. I was wondering if she was adopted. Her borthers and sister all have birth certificates. Unfortunately they are all dead. I am stuck and do not know what to do next. Any suggestions. #15
Angela - 2 years ago
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I would like to adopt a child (age is not a factor), also I will visit with orphanage or facility where children are and decide. #16
Sarah - 2 years ago
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Female adoptee searching for birth mother and family. I was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and adopted in Rockford, Illinois. Born Jan 1 around 2am. I have very curly brown hair. I was 5 months old at the time of adoption. I am very grateful for my adoptive parents, but would also love to find my biological family! #17
Lori - 5 months ago
I am looking for my brother that my mother and father put up for adoption when she was 16 years old. The baby boy was born in 1970 in Queens NY. It was a private adoption and she said she went to a Catholic private hospital to have the baby since it was a closed adoption. She doesn't remember where the hospital She was a minor so no papers have her signature. He should be about 44 years old now not sure if he knows he was adopted or not. He has 7 sisters and 5 brothers that we were reunited and now we want to find him to make it complete. He was the only one that was a closed/private adoption because my mother was only 16. We have been trying for a long time but it's so hard with no information. At the time my mom and dad lived in South Ozone Park in Queens. The papers may have STOKEL or SIPP on them. If anyone has those names please contact me asap xxxx #18
Naomi - 5 months ago
Hi my name is Naomi, I am looking for my brother who was put up for adoption at saint Marys hospital in grand rapids michigan . I don't know his birth date but it should either be 1993 or 1994 the name he was given at birth was zachary . I'm not sure if they changed it middle name possibly allen . his birth mothers name was Sarah Joe jaworowicz. I know he had a medical issue with his legs at the time and wore glasses when he was younger if u have any info please contact me at Naomi Elizabeth I xxxxxx.com I grew up with one older brother who was severally mentally disabled also as for the reason why he was given up she couldn't give him the life she wanted. #19
keely - 6 months ago
my name is keely gardner and my little brother Daniel got adopted around when I was 7. I last saw him on my 7th birthday and I really want to know he is okay. he was born on 15th march 2004. his second name was gardner but it would have changed. birth parents are sarah archer and Adrian gardner. are parents split up ages ago. you used to live with our aunty before you came into foster care. then you went to live with someone called sue taylor and neil taylor. we have 2 brothers called Dylan and adian. we have an older sister called lucy and an step sister called Leanne. you write letters to me in march and September but the letters are getting shorter and shorter. I miss you Daniel. I really want to be a big sister again and you can give me that opportunity. please someone contact me if you know my little brother and where abouts he is. xxxx #20
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