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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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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 - 1 year 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 - 6 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 #8
JARED - 1 year 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. #9
Ashley - 1 year 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
claudia - 3 days ago
i was adopted in south america colombia i do not know my age some people said i born in 1959 or 58 but the one i got from my adopted family is 1960. i am looking for my biological father ana mother. i was around one year old when my biological father give me to this torres family in south bogota colombia sa .i exit colombia s.a . 1979 to chicago USA . my father was a militar his name jose manuel torres . my mother i know his last name costello italian descendent. she has three son's i do not know their names.if know any information can you email me xxxx #12
Brandi - 4 weeks ago
I'm searching for my Sister that was born on September 17 or 18 , 1980 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was given up for adoption. I was told that her adoptive Mother was a School Teacher and her adoptive Father was a Stockbroker. They were from upstate New York. My Sister Will be 35 this September. The adoption records were closed. Likely her adoptive Parents have never told her that She was adopted. She might only be told if She gets sick and needs to know about her biological parents. She has a right to know her Siblings if She wants to know Them. I have always wondered about Her and wanted Her in my Life. Anyone who had this Birthday or knows someone with this Birthday please write so on this site. Thank you. #13
Aisha - 4 weeks ago
I am in a search to find my long lost uncle (My mother's biological brother) my mom keeps mentioning how much she feels alone time to time and has a brother out there in the world that was put up for adoption by her parents in the 1960's. My grandfather was married, and got my mom's mother pregnant, so they put him up for adoption. My mom is now 57 years old, going through health issues. She keeps mentioning how alone she feels and wants to find her family (my mom always grew up around my dad's family basically) but i am willing to spend money to search, i just KNOW this is what she needs. if anyone has any advice, please help. thank you ! #14
Kayla - 4 weeks ago
I'm looking for my younger half sister priscilla. My name is kayla I was born march 13 1992. We were all put in foster care when I was 10 and I was the only one who wasn't adopted because I was too old. She was around 5 or 6 at the time had blond hair and blue eyes. But we're part native american so her hair color could have changed. She would have turned 18 this february. Before being adopted her name legal name was Priscilla rose warner. I don't know if it was changed fully or just the last name was changed. #15
Mina - 4 weeks ago
Hi I'm a auntie, looking for my niece Josett.. She was born on SEPTEMBER 18,2000.. But I think her adopted parents chance her name.. She was born in the state of UTAH, somewhere in SALT LAKE CITY! And I think her adopted mom name is Sonya.. She is Asian(Laotian) plz help us find her, cause we been looking for her.. And will never give up.. I hope u will understand and want to know us.. Or at least meet each other for once.. We want to know if u r ok.. Hope to see or hear about u soon babygirl.. #16
Debbie Rosado Davisson - 1 month ago
I was born May 26, 1966 in San Francisco , California. My birth mother was a waitress and single mother of 2 children , Kenneth 6 and Cari 5 and was unable to take care of a third. My understanding in that I had a different father. He was a married man with 4 children and was not aware of my existence at the time of my birth. I would love to find any of them for some sort of history medical and genetic. I have 4 children of my own and a grandchild. My name at birth was Danielle Tyson. My birth moms name on my birth certificate is Grace Tyson. #17
Angela - 2 years 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. #18
Karen - 1 month ago
Hi. Ive been doing genealogy and I am trying to find my boyfriends grandmother "Maryann Ludovici" born 09/05/1945 in Scranton, PA. I can not find her! It is crazy! I can find her "parents" but no record of her at all. Ive tried using different spellings even. No luck! I can only find her public info with her married name Maryann Melrose online but nothing offical. We are starting to believe she was adopted possibly? Her parents were Joseph Ludovici and Stella E Rose (Ludovici) from Scranton, PA and both passwd away in Sacramento, Ca. USA Sacramento County in the 80s. How do we go about searching for her records? Or any adoption? Any info would be helpful. So far we are stumped. Thank you! She has siblings by the names of Patsy, Franny, Joe and Thomas. #19
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! #20
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