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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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scott - 6 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 - 6 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 - 7 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 - 7 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
Nicole - 2 weeks ago
Well im really searching anyone thats a biological I dont have much information what i do know is i was born supposedly in Chihuahua mexico went to Juarez Mexico were my adopted parents took me and brought me to el paso texas wasnt born in a hospital and went on my age based on my teeth so put my birthday as july 24 91 and i was probably around 2 or 3 when taken i was told mom sold me and was tall and a exotic dancer in juarez and had a Younger sibling i believe a lil brother months old probably and possibly more siblings i was named PERLA but changed to Nicole Molina when adopted i am light skin Hispanic with colored eyes #5
Allan - 2 months ago
I was taken in by a family at three years of age, never legally adopted. This was approx. 1954-55. My younger sister was going to be a part of this new family until our birth mother (Georgia Marcella Dale (or Starr *maiden name was Swimford) took her back because, evidently, she wanted money that my new parents couldn't give. So, she took her and gave her to someone else. My sisters name at that time was Deborah. She was six months old at that time and I was three. All I know is that my birth mother lived either in and around the Antelope Valley area (Palmdale, Lancaster and Quartz Hill) or, perhaps Riverside or San Bernardino Counties. This was in California.. I have no idea where she lived but I remember my adoptive Mom driving by the house that she said I was living in when my new father came and got me. My new parents were living in Manhattan Beach, Calif. then. There's nothing else I know about her. I'm hoping that her new family told her of her true life as my Mother did for me, #6
Monique - 2 months ago
so I will start by saying I have two children that were taken from me when I was a foster child myself although I have found my biological family there is still a lot to me missing and that is the two children that were taken for me because I was deemed a troubled foster child by the state i'm 35 years old now so I will start with my beautiful daughter Born March 23, 1993I had a beautiful baby girl I named her Ericka Marie B I had her with me in a foster home for almost 6 months before a horrible thing happened to my little foster brother Willy I couldn't continue to see him abused hurt neglected so I told what was being done to him and because I was this so called runaway disturbed child no one believe me and because so called label and the fact that I would not keep quiet about the things that or being done to him by these so-called people that were supposed to love and protect us they took my daughter from me . April 23, 1996 I had a handsome little boy who I named Dominique MarQues #7
Susan - 2 months ago
I am looking for John Warren Owens, born in June 1995, his mothers name was Rebeca Owens. My brother was his father, both are deceased now. John was put up for adoption when he was 3-4 yrs old, I am his great aunt. I only saw him twice. He had a half sister named Chelsea. I was told they were adopted together. Both of them had health issues, suppose to have been doctors that adopted them. I have his birth certificate. How can I find him? I don't know if his name was changed or not. I really want to contact him and let him know he has a half sister and brother and a family that would like to see him. #8
Julie Douglass Gordon - 2 months ago
Looking for my sister Julie Douglass: She is 161/2 months younger than me Born August 25,1xxxxxShechas been a foster home since birth due to my families inability to care for her, my father was ill and my mother already had four children . Julie was born a Downs and my father gave up guardianship of her when she was sixteen to the Gordon family of Daytin Ohio, and her adopted sister Movita , a nurse took over guardianship of her . She is skilled in office filing and participated in the Soecial Olympics in Soccer before moving to I believe Orlando florida. Would like to finally meet her as she has only known me as her cousin Elizabeth. When my Mom passed away in 2008 I lost track of her other than being told that she was in Florida #9
Nikki - 6 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 #10
Guest - 2 months ago
I have a half sister that was put up for adoption in 1967 or 1968. The birth mother and father both lived in Thief River Falls, MN. The birth mother was sent to the cities during the pregnancy and the child was put up for adoption. Both birth parents had very little say in the decision--birth mothers parents made all the decisions. Birth mother and birth father are both deceased so information is hard to get. Birth mother was named Jeanette Noper and birth father was Maynard Christopherson. I would very much like to connect to the half sister that is out there. Any help would be greatly appreciated. #11
Stephen Lee (Propps -adopted last name) - 7 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. #12
Thelma Taylor - 4 months 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. #13
frank blancato - 4 months 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 #14
kimberly scull - 7 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 #15
Julia - 7 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. #16
Cheyanne - 4 days ago
My mom is 50 years old and her mom had a kid a year later that was put up for adoption because of the fact my grandma was young and could not take care of two toddlers and continue school. My grandma was raped by there father that is why she gave my uncle away . My grandma never told no one about it. well recently my grandmother has died and i am searching for my uncle we have nothing to go off and i just need to know what should i do is it a lost cause ??? #17
Briana - 4 days ago
I have looked for my brothers brandon and Robert Wilson who were last seen by my parents in logansport. Brandons 19 Robert's 18. I should be able to find them but I'm missing so much info. I'm 20. I've been searching for years I'm exhausted. Please someone help :'( #18
Amanda leanne - 4 days ago
I am looking for possibly two half siblings. I think a boy and girl born in early 90's in Florida. I do not know names. My mother left when I was young. I was born in 86. Her name is PAULA MOVIDA ASHLEY. if that was your birth mom, you have a sister (me) that would love to meet you. I am on facebook . Please look me up if this is your birth mother's name. #19
Jason - 2 weeks ago
Adopted at birth in elk Grove Illinois in September of 1978. I was part of a triplet birth and we were all adopted separately. Of the five total siblings for are alive. Three sisters and one brother. Would love to find my siblings. I can be reached at jlamendola.com #20
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