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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 - 3 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 - 1 year 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 - 1 year 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
Chris Wolfe - 1 year 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. #4
kristin thorne - 1 year 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 #5
Rebecca - 1 year 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! #6
Guest - 1 year ago
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I am searching for a brother that his name of birth is Florea or Georgescu Catalin . He was adopted by a family from Canada, that is what I know ! We are 5 brothers 2 boys and 3 girls, we are from Romania. My mother given in adoption 2 of the 5 children's and I was little when she given Catalin in adoption but he was adopted whit 6 months my name is florea Anisoara ! I really hope that the boy that knows is romaine and he's name of birth is Catalin florea and by now he's age is 19 born on December. Contact me please ! I really hope that one day I will meet you!! #7
Tiffani - 3 years 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. #8
Rebecca - 1 year ago
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My adopted sister was born on March 14, 1953 My sister was adopted a few days after she was born.. But someone called my mother in Portland Oregon and asked my 88 years old mother if she adopted a baby from Boys and Girls agency her in Portland, Oregon my mother got scared and said NO. My sister is very tall 5" 9 1/2' Black hair green eyes. Please contact me at fastbecky@xxxxxx if you need more info. P.S my parents were told that the girl and boy were very young and the girls farther was a doctor here in Portland Oregon #9
Ashley - 3 years 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
Alex - 3 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. #11
Nikki - 1 year 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 #12
Brandi - 1 year ago
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I have a Sister that was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 18, 1980 at Atlantic City Medical Center. She was adopted. All I know is to a couple from New York. The Mother was a School Teacher and the Father a Lawyer. The Birth records were sealed. So I don't think I can get any information. I have thought about Her all of My Life. If anyone knows any information on how to go about finding her please let me know. Thank you. #13
Celina - 1 year ago
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I'm looking for my biological grandmother on my father's side. All that is known of her is that she gave birth to my father in Largo, Florida January 7th 1973. Her maiden name is McKenzie or Mackenzie, first name is unknown. She was 18 at the time so she would be 61 currently. I wish to know her one day. We all would #14
Shelli Bullard Trowbridge - 1 year ago
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I am looking for my sister who was given up for adoption in Aurora Colorado. She was 5 in 1966 or 67. Who name was Lisa Ann Bullard but is now Lisa Dade or Birch living in Grand Junction Co. She would be 55 years old. Parents were Mike and Rochelle Bullard. Thank you #15
Stephen Lee (Propps -adopted last name) - 1 year 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. #16
James Kurowski - 1 year ago
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In search of who ever put me up for adoption? :) My name is James. I was born on Christmas eve December 24th 1979.. I live in (NW) Indiana area I am 37yrs. I was adopted by the time I was 3.. I am hearing impaired very intelligent though. :) I resemble woody harralson some what. lol I am just if you are out there please contact me.. #17
kimberly scull - 1 year 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 #18
Julia - 1 year ago
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I am searching for my brith family. I don't know my birthday and my age. I have been a great mark, singer and dancing too. I am looking for brith mom, dad and siblings. I have been a good listening at school. I don't know where I was born. I have be a great mature at school and at my home too. I always do my work and pay attention at school. I always pass my work at school. #19
justine - 1 year 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 #20

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