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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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Lisa - 2 years 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 #1
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. #2
Carla - 2 years 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. #3
Eden - 2 years 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. #4
Karen - 2 years 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. #5
Elizabeth - 2 years 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. #6
George - 2 years 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. #7
Beth - 1 year 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 #8
Khloe Kempton - 2 days ago
I am looking for my brother. My mother had him in 1986 and gave him up because she was just a baby herself, in a closed adoption to attorney's in New York. I have been looking for him since I knew about him. The name on my mothers birth certificate Is Ryan James Smith. His real fathers name is Patrick Smith and my mothers is Kelly Elaine Deibert or Ellerman. I dont know if he wants to be found, to know he has other siblings, or if he even knows he has a sister here that would love to meet him. Ive always wanted to know him since I was old enoughto understand the situation. If anyone knows anything please contact me. #9
RonicaSiegfried - 1 week ago
I'm 25 this year..I'm looking for my 3 cousins who were adopted through foster care in Minneapolis mn..LESLIE FLORES the oldest sister is just couple months older than me .I played with her for about 2hrs ..I remember her laugh still..her brother camillio was about 1yrs old and sick..and baby sister Alexis was couple months old.this was when I was 5-7yrs old. Their birth mother is LeeAnn Flores. Were looking for you all..love you and know that people are human and make mistakes sometimes are afraid to reject from. #10
Rebecca - 1 week ago
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 #11
Tiffani - 2 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. #12
Jessica - 1 month ago
Hi, I am looking for my brother who was adopted at birth. Our mother was 16 at the time and my grandparents made her give him up for adoption especially since they were a catholic family. All I know is she name him David Paul, blonde hair and blue eyes. My grandmother did leave a letter with their old address and phone number if he ever needed anything. I do believe he was born September 1983 but not positive. He was born in Cincinnati-Sharonville Ohio, I just recently told my mother that I know about my brother and she didn't have much to say even though I know she loves him. So when my grandma was still alive she would try and tell me all that she remembered. But that's all I really have to go on. I've filled out the adoption release but he has to fill it out as well otherwise I'll never get anything out of it. So if anyone could help on the very limited info that I have I would greatly appreciate it. David Paul you have 7 siblings you don't know abut and I hope to find you one day!! #13
JARED - 2 years ago
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My father was born in Wollongong on 23rd May, 1955 and adopted shortly after. My parents divorced when I was little so my mother cannot help me access any papers and my father refuses. I have barely seen him over my 31 years. I know the name of my father's mother plus a little more information. She was the daughter of a station owner and was 21 when my father was born. The family wanted to keep my father and raise him but his mother thought it was best that he was totally away. Would love for that family to make contact with me. I do not want to uproot anyone's life - just have some information. Thank you. #14
chris - 1 month ago
I am looking for my half brother. My father is the same father but he is 3 almost four years older then I am and my father says he don't know anything about him he was giving a better home I gues but I have no clue on where a bouts he is ...ive been looking for him for almost ten years and no luck hopefullysome day its not too late so he can meet me and his real father .. my fathers name is james Robert Hildebrand and he says lyle wayne Hildebrand is my brother well I ned info where he is and want to meet him in person before my father kicks the bucket in Christian Hildebrand and want to find my lost brother is all #15
Ashley - 2 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! #16
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. #17
Kim - 1 month ago
I'm looking for my brother who was adopted when he was born in May,25,1967 in Iowa city,Iowa.our mother named him Johnny joe Fransen, her and her mother was pregnant at the same time and back then welfare wouldn't let them both keep them so our mother brave as she was gave her son up, not because she want to, she had to.she tried a year later went back to Lutheran welfare,Lutheran church to get him back and of coarse no help,please help me find my brother,we love you and want to be in your life xoxo #18
Leslie - 2 months ago
My dad was born 21 MAY 1932 to WILLIAM JOSEPH VOORHIES, and was named after him, by my 18 year old grandma MYRA GERTRUDE OWENS. Something happened, they didn't marry, and my dad was adopted TWICE by stepfathers: Chester Jordan (Chester Jordan, Jr.), and the man I knew as grandpa, Robert Paul Derby (Michael Paul Derby.) I would like to find out any information on my birth grandfather. My dad was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. My grandmother is deceased, as are all her siblings. My father has Alzheimer's, and can't remember much.. Thanks! #19
Matthew Christopher Groskopf: - 3 months ago
All I know is that her name is MICHELLE and I was born in a BROWARD hospital Hi there, sorry to bother you. But I've been on the search for my birth mother. She gave birth to me in a broward county hospital july 15 1997 and was very young at the time. She wanted me to have everything and live a happy life, when she went to put me up for adoption she heard of a very large family that had a very good reputation with children and gave me over to them. I was two days old when my adoptive family got a hold of me. If you are my mother, please tell me the truth. I have been looking for you for so long and would love to be with you again. I can't tell you how many nights i've spent wondering who my mother or father was and what they were like. Thank you.All I know is that her name is MICHELLE and I was born in a BROWARD hospital Hi there, sorry to bother you. But I've been on the search for my birth mother. She gave birth to me in a broward county hospital july 15 1997 and was very young at th #20
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