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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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scott - 8 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 #1
Jana - 8 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. #2
kristin thorne - 8 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 #3
Rebecca - 8 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
mary - 1 week ago
My names mary. I was adopted at 4 mths ols from catholic social services,from herman keifer hosp,in wayne county,detroit mich. Im of irish,italian,caucasian,cherokee, n mexican. I was baptized dec 14,1960. I was born dec 3,1960. My bio mom was 21, 5'6, 128 lbs,brown hair n eyes. Shes mexican n italian. She graduated high school,enjoyed typing n history. She took part in senior follies,mock election,n girls athletic association. She worked as a secretary in a drs office,but was unemployed at the time. She also had 2 daughters aged 1 n 2. My bio dad was 22, 5'9,blondish browm hair,green eyes. Hea from mich as is she. Bio dad left school in 9th grade to help family. He liked bowling, movies,playing pool. He worked as a truck loader,dockhand,n short order cook. My bio mom had 11 yr old sister. Bio dad had 28 yr old sister who died of pneumonia. My name is mary, but my bio parents named me christina. If your out there, please contact me. Ive been searchn so long. No judgment. Only love♡ #5
Ronda - 3 weeks ago
We are looking for our Aunt/Sister who was given up at birth. On April 5, 1953 (Easter Day) a daughter was born to Jeane Darleen Henderson Pritchard (22) and Gerald James Pritchard (26) at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was given the name Pamela. Doctor Roger Merritt Minkel was the doctor who helped her into this world. The adoption was a private adoption which was made through Dr. Minkel. The family thought that Dr. Minkel may have adopted her at first as he left Fort Doge shortly after this and from my research I believe he moved to Lead, SD and then moved on to Colorado and died in 1972 in Colorado. Our Aunt/sister comes from a very large family. One Brother, Steven Pritchard who was born August 12, 1947 and four other sisters from her biological parents. Sherry Pritchard born January 18, 1949, Pauline (Penny) Pritchard born February 6, 1950, Sandra Pritchard born December 24, 1950, Paullette Pritchard born January 13, 1952. Our Aunt/Sister also has 2 more half b #6
Nikki - 8 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 #7
Stephen Lee (Propps -adopted last name) - 8 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. #8
kimberly scull - 9 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 #9
Julia - 9 months 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. #10
Tonya - 6 days ago
I am searching for my daughter Airyanna Lynn Dunnaway. She was tooken from me due to postpartum depression and they took my rights saying I would never be able to overcome it and it was best for my daughter.She was born in East China, Michigan at River District Hospital. She was born on 10-16-13. I just need to know she is safe and what she looks like today. Please help me in trying to find my daughterm #11
Kenny - 2 weeks ago
Hello. I was born in Fort Hood, TX on December 12, 1957. I was told my birth mother was married, but her husband was not my birth father. I was given up for adoption at Home of the Holy Infancy in Austin TX. I was then adopted in February of 1958 at the age of 2 months, they say I couldn't leave until then because I had a cold. I would like to find out who my birth parents are and if I might have any natural siblings. Thanks so much for reading my comment. Kenny, El Campo Tx. #12
Sarah - 2 weeks ago
My parents decided to tell me almost 10 years ago now (wow I cannot believe it was that long ago) that I have an older brother. He would be 40 now. His birthday is 6-6-1976. It was a closed adoption and that is all the information I have about him. I would love to be able to find him if he wants to be found. For all I know he doesn't which is okay. :-) #13
Shayla - 3 weeks ago
I am looking for my dads birth mother I believe her name is Janie Martinez at the time she gave birth she was young and gave birth to a baby boy in Florida on November 15,1971 I want to know who she is for medical reasons. I am his daughter and he has red curly hair and green eyes. I believe his birth mother is full Mexican maybe. I look like my dad but he does not want to know I don't think I am just curious. Thanks for any info! #14
Jordan - 3 weeks ago
I am 14 and I am trying to find my uncle, his birth name is Shannon David Detle, and he was born on April 22nd 1971, and was put in adoption, he was born in Elmbrook in a hospital named Misacordia hospital that is no longer working, and the adoption agency he went through was the Rosalee Manor. #15
scott hinds - 2 months ago
I am looking for my daughter born in Roswell, NM to a mother by the name of Victoria Ramirez, born May 13, 2005 in Roswell, NM. Her mother Victoria took her and i have never seen her since a few days after her birth. I have been trying to locate her for many years and have had no luck. My daughters name is Diamond Trying all possible areas in which i may find her.... Thank you #16
Margie - 2 months ago
Would like to find my sister born 1956 or 1960 in Boston, MA...possibly at Boston City Hospital to Ruth Nagle. I believe Catholic Charities took her at birth. My Mother refused to give me any information after she told me I had a sister somewhere. I grew up alone, always wondering about her. #17
Ashley - 2 months ago
I had a brother put up for adoption. He was born in 1988 I believe at st. Rose hospital in Hayward California. I want him to know he has two sisters and a brother who would love to meet him. If anyone could give tips how that would be great. Birth mother name Tracey. #18
justine - 7 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 #19
Anne - 4 months ago
I am looking for a possible older sibling who was born between 1xxxxx in Winona MN. My mother went to Winona and lived and worked for the nuns sometime during this period. I am sure it would have been a Catholic adoption, and most likely any records were sealed. Brother or Sister - are you out there also searching? #20
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