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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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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. #1
scott - 2 months ago
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I was adopted at birth , with a brother who was 5 years older then me and was also adopted. . We were born in different states..I never really gave it much thought while growing up but as I get older it gets harder to ignore. My adoptive parents told me I was adopted at a very young age.they gave me some information about biological mother which is not absolutely correct..about a year ago I saw my original birth certificate, on that I was given a first name that I was not even aware of..my mom told me she told me all of that. .I think I would have remembered a detail like that..I guess my question is , if anyone could give me a place to start..all original records that I have give me no useful information that I can find...there are so many companies that say they can help..I don't want to be taken advantage of in the process..I live with en 50 miles of my birth hospital. .I am not sure how even telling this can help...any ideas ?? Thank you for taking time to read..scott #2
Jana - 2 months ago
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I think I have a sibling I don't know about. My father was in an air force training facility in Wisconsin around 1974 or 75. My siblings mother would be from there. My mother just told me today, that before they divorced he had been served with papers about a paternity suit but would not discuss the details with her. They divorced sometime afterward. Apparently it's a big secret and no one in my family knows of it. But he is now deceased. And I would like to know my big brother or sister. Hopefully he or she would like to know me. As soon as I got off the phone with her, I googled how to find a sibling and that led me to here. So, if You're out there I want to meet you! I don't know how this site works out how you'd contact me. I guess I'll figure that out. #3
Rebecca - 3 months ago
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My mother was born in 1919, adopted just a few days after birth. She passed away in 2006. I am searching for information on her biological parents, who have certainly also passed away by now - if her biological mother was a mere 13 yrs. of age when she gave birth, she would be 110 yrs. old now (highly doubtful). My goals are 1. to find their names and ancestors, as well as 2. possible to connect with other children born to my maternal biological mother, or her grandchildren. Arkansas Bureau of Vital Statistics insists that no records can be released until 100 yrs. after my mother's birth - 2019. Any help in finding information before then would be most helpful! #4
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. #5
Nikki - 2 months ago
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I have found out that I have a half sister, I do not know her name but her mothers name was Leslie and my fathers name was Robert. They were divorced in 1972, I believe she was born in NY and from what I was told her mothers father owned a construction company. The last name is not common at all it is Piekart. This is a long shot I don't know how old she is or her name but I would really love to see what she looks like #6
Stephen Lee (Propps -adopted last name) - 3 months ago
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I found out recently that I have a twin sister. That I was born in Newport News, Virginia. My adopted mother will not share any info. Did find out birth mother was a Shirley Rouse. I need to locate the hospital in which we were born. I want to find my sister. #7
Thelma Taylor - 5 days ago
In search for my son and daughter both twins David Micheal and Emily Grace could still have last name Taylor or Watts born in Craighead County in Jonesboro Arkansas but not sure if they were adopted in Arkansas they both were born with black hair, brown eyes and light complected skin. Birthdate are July 16,1998 they would be 18 years old That's all the information I have.please help me find them. They were born at home and their father took them away from me because I wasn't financially secure and no home and may have adopted them out.he may have or had their birth certificates.i don't remember the mid wife's name who delivered my kids.please share and help me find them..I need my kids back in my life. #8
frank blancato - 7 days ago
I lost my daughter 6 yrs ago,during court issues i living in ny and my daughter ct .my ex my daughter mother Laurie mousdley of new Britain ct ,had my daughter she was causing issues and placed in home for treatment my daughter amber lee mousdley blancato after yr treatment she was put back with her mother laurie ,it was in court and i was not able attend 6 hour away and i have no license to get their.Court ended i still had rights my daughter lived with the mother laurie ,well i heard nothing keep calling no answer thought it was funny but she was known change her number or not buy phone time. I was concerned after yrs searching find she had died Laurie the mother ,and no knowledge of where my daughter is there was no family living to my knowledge. on her mom side.I not rich but i got find my daughter it eats me alive not knowing where she is? I only left her with her mom cause she e had another blood sister to be raised with.I PAY NO SUPPORT DISABLED HOW I FIND HER NOW I CANT SLEEP #9
kimberly scull - 3 months ago
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I am in search for my daughter she was taken from me when she was 6 months old..I went to jail and DCF took her and then they took my rights..I want nothing more to know how my daughter is doing and Wjat she looks like..As far as I knew she stayed in Sprjnghill but not sure where she might be now all I know if I just need some closure.I didnt do anything to be taken away from my Madison I just made a bad choice....So hopefully one day everything will l #10
Jill Ferrell-Gray - 4 weeks ago
I'm looking for my birth parents or any siblings. Due to the fact my daughter was born in kidney failure 23 years ago. There are no medical records for my grandchildren to be able to correlate back on. And the doctors always have been looking for key factors to my daughter's kidney disease. I was born July 4, 1967 @3:13PM-WEIGHED 9 LBS 13 OUNCES in Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, WV 26003. I was so huge the doctor had to break my collarbone to deliver me. It's difficult never knowing where you came from. Who u look like. And also all the medical information not given. #11
Renee - 1 month ago
I am looking for my older half brother adopted at birth. My mom told me she had him when she was 18 years old. He was born on her 18th birthday. He was born 08/20/1946. My mom told me he was born in Seattle, Washington. I don't know his birth father's name. But my mom did say he was in the U. S. Navy. My mom (his birth mom) is dead, She died 10/28/1995. She was born on 08/20/1928, she was not married when she had my half brother. Her maiden name was Townsend. My mom told me when I was in my 30's , I am 59 years old almost 60 years old. I will be 60 years old on 09/09/16. My half brother is 69 years old, he will be 70 years old on 08/20/16. I 4 other brothers, 3 are older then me and 1 is younger then me. #12
Tina Ginter - 1 month ago
I am 44 years old and my family finally told me the family secret that I was adopted at 3 days old. I was Born on January 21, 1972 in Virginia Beach General Hospital Virginia Beach Virginia. I was told my Birth Mom was very young and that she was crafty, she had made me a string art picture to go with me. I never seen it. I was told because I was having some medical issues, I would like to know what my blood line does carry, but also if I have any siblings or if they want to meet me. I had a phone call about 10 years ago from a lady, she asked me if i was Tina Ginter I said Yes and she said are you adopted, I said NO and dont call me again. At that time I had no clue or thought in my head of ever considering I was adopted, my family was good not to leak it at all. I regret not asking her her name or info. I am searching for my sealed records now and Im hoping to have names soon so this will be easier, for now I am going on all websites hoping they will come across this, ya never know! #13
Kathy - 1 month ago
State of Kansas, Kathy - 0 seconds ago I have a brother that was given up for adoption at birth. My Mothers name is Dora she was single and told she already had too many children at that time 4 girls. He is a approximately a year younger than me. I was born in 1962 and really would love to find him. He is the only son my Mother had. She has always regretted letting them talk her into giving him up. She's is going to be 81 this year and for her to see him before she passes would bring her happpiness. I know he was adopted in State of KS to a pastor named George #14
leanne - 2 months ago
I am searching for a man named William/Bill I know it's a long shot but worth a try Bill/ William served as a solider with his brother who are both American Bill went back to America but his brother stayed and married my grandmother's sister from Sheffield England I'm not sure if Bill/ William knew but while he had a short romance while being in the UK he actually got my grandmother pregnant with my mum I am looking for this man as he is my grandad and I would like to find him and tell him he has a grand daughter #15
Jenna - 2 months ago
Hello, my name is jenna. Jennifer smith. In 1997 I adopted a girl out, we call her baby Jenna. But I do believe her birth parents named her Mariah. That name was the name of the birth mothers mother who died after I gave birth to baby jenna. She was born July 2nd 1997. The next day adopted mother had to fly to Florida for her mother's open heart surgery, who didn't make it. I have been trying to get in touch with the family because it's open adoption, and the adoption agency won't help me. My email is xxxx. please if you are her email me Jenna #16
justine - 2 months ago
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my parents tell me that i am adopted andi dont knw if they are playing i just need to knw #17
Roxann - 2 months ago
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My first son was born on May 29th, 1972 in Denver, Colorado. His birth name is Keith Charlton Stoddard. He was adopted by a woman who went by the name of Judy Mae Lee, husband Kurt? He was adopted in Los Angeles, CA. I was 16 yrs when I had him. I tried my best for 16 mths with no family, no help. I have his outfit and blanket I brought him home in. Not a day goes by that I don't ache for him. How I wish I could meet him and say I'm sorry I couldn't care for you alone at 16. I think he was renamed Kevin Lee or Kevin Jerome Lee. #18
Chris Wolfe - 3 months ago
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I am searching in hopes to reunite someday with my half brother. My mom posted on here back in 2004 this was her post:8/29/68 looking for son My name is Kathleen A. Gibbons Wolfe. My son was born in St. Vincents Maternity Home, West Philadelphia. His date of bith was 8/29/68. My father has recently told me that my son who I named Mark Anthony Gibbons might have been placed to a couple in NJ. Saint Vincents Maternity home has been closed. The records are at Holy Family Center, 227 N 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. I am working thru getting all the waivers of confidentiality signed with the home and PA Division of Vital Records and with The Holy Family Center. If you can be of any help please respond. It is very difficult knowing that I have no rights. I pray he is looking for me. It is his right if he wants to find me that he be given the necessary information June 7,2004 7:40 pm. My mom is the sweetest lady on the planet, her father supervised the decision. #19
kristin thorne - 3 months ago
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I know iam adopted everyone has lied to me about this I need to know ware to start. I need to now how to open a sealed adoption. but if my name and whole identity is false witch I know it is how do i go about this. Right now searching for my father and mother is not what im wanting right now I need to find out about the adoption and why all the lies told to me. I have herd of black marketing babies and so many horrible stories about adoptions, on my Birth Certificates my birthdate is September 29th 1969 I was born in San Gabriel Clif. but I know that was false information told to me .I just need someone who knows what I need to do to help me find closure in my life please . my email is xxxx thank you #20
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