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Getting Started with Search

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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Christina - 2 years ago
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Someone on here mentioned my grandmother Sally Margaret Akins Heberling Stockton - Said it was their birthmother. Lisa Fultz Johnson born March 11th 1966 in Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. Please get in touch with me, as I have many unanswered questions.. #1
Lisa - 1 year 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 #2
Chris - 2 years ago
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I am a female that was born in June 1965 and my brother was born February 1964. I was born in West Chester, PA, I believe we were adopted when we were in Dowingtown, PA or that is where our mother was from. I believe my mother's name was Jeannie Tucker. We spent sometime in foster care and then time at the adoption agency before we were adopted. I think at one time in my life that someone mentioned that we may have siblings. We have no knowledge of who our father's were. I believe my brother and I had different fathers. #3
Andrew Christensen - 11 months 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. #4
Carla - 1 year 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. #5
Eden - 1 year 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. #6
Karen - 1 year 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. #7
Elizabeth - 1 year 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. #8
George - 1 year 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. #9
Ashley - 10 months 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! #10
Jamie - 1 year ago
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My name is Jamie, I was born on 4/30/75 in either Kingsport, TN or some where in Ohio. My brother, Jeremy (born in 78) and I were adopted out of Ohio in 1982. I recently found out that I have a sister that was born in either 76 or 77. I have no further information. My mom's name was Laura and my father (unaware of my existence) had a sports scholarship in college and was a truck driver. His brother was a football coach. I am believed to be of German and Cherokee decent. I would love to find my sister, mom and dad! Thanks! xxxx #11
Angela - 1 year 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. #12
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! #13
Megan - 9 months ago
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I'm looking for my sister who was adopted into another family in 1986 or 1987. Her name was Erin Christine and she was born in Sacramento, CA in 1985 and adopted into a family in Placer Co. Parents' names were John and Lindsay. My mom and I are eager to meet you/her. #14
Beth - 2 months ago
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I am also looking for a brother who was born in April 66 or 67. Birth mother was from Hagerstown. She gave birth to me in Hagerstown but I believe she went to possibly Waynesboro or somewhere close to Hagerstown (Washington county). My adoption was through Maryland children services. Not ensure if his was too. Thereare four of us....a boy, girl, me and then the youngest brother. We are all four from the same mother and father. Our birth father passed away fro a car accident back in 1980 and our Birth mother just recently passed. I found our oldest brother but no one wanted to help me search for our youngest brother. Our birth mother was from Hagerstown and name was Barbara Jean Smith. Our birth fathers name was butch turnbaugh. His parents lived in Ohio. His Mother is still there. His father passed away about 10 years ago. #15
Beth - 2 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 #16
chris - 3 months ago
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I'm looking for my brother Juan Arriaga my mom was given a choice between me and my siblings or him he was fostered for a lot of time during our lives he is about 12 I know that he is in depere Wisconsin or at least last time I checked but I also know his adoptive fathers name is Paul marshal or mashal I would really like to speak to my brother again and let him know that we all care and think of him theres a couple major things that have happend with our family one thing being I had twins and would like him to meet them sometime... #17
Renee - 3 months ago
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I am looking for my brother who was born on May 17,1971 at Itasca Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids,Minnesota. I do not know his name just that in the hospital it was Baby Boy Johnson.My mom was very young and thought you would have a better life. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't think of you and wish she would have kept you.. I would like to find you before my grandma passes away because she never stops thinking about you and would love to see you or at least see what you look like. I haven't stopped thinking about you since they told me when I 18-and I am 44 now. I hope you get this message and get in touch with me.We would love to hear from you, Love you! #18
Renee - 3 months ago
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I am looking for my brother who was born May 17,1971.I do not know his name except that he was Baby Boy Johnson. He was born at Itasca Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. My mom was very young and thought he would have a better life with someone who could provide better for him. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't think about him. I would love to find him before my grandma passes away because she thinks of him constantly and would love to meet him or at least see what he looks like. Lutheran Social Services in Grand Rapids,Minnesota handled the adoption but I can't get help from them without paying them. If you think that you are my brother please contact me- I have loved you even though I have never met you and the family would welcome you with open arms. I have 2 boys and a granddaughter that I would love you to meet. I hope this message gets to you or someone who knows you who can relay the message. Hope to hear from you soon! #19
Lori - 3 months ago
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My half-brother was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Sacred Heart Hospital, in April 1982 (I believe either the 8th or 9th. His birth mother was a student at UW-EC, and we have the same father. His name at birth was Jeremy James Stickney. He was given up for adoption through Lutheran Social Services in Eau Claire. My ex-husband is also a 1st cousin to the birthmother, and therefore my children are blood related to him on both sides of the family, as well. Would LOVE to connect. I was raised as an only child. #20
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