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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 - 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
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. #3
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. #4
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. #5
Jenna - 18 hours ago
Hello, my name is jenna. Jennifer smith. In 1997 I adopted a girl out, we call her baby Jenna. But I do believe her birth parents named her Mariah. That name was the name of the birth mothers mother who died after I gave birth to baby jenna. She was born July 2nd 1997. The next day adopted mother had to fly to Florida for her mother's open heart surgery, who didn't make it. I have been trying to get in touch with the family because it's open adoption, and the adoption agency won't help me. My email is xxxx. please if you are her email me Jenna #6
scott - 2 weeks 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 #7
Roxann - 2 weeks ago
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My first son was born on May 29th, 1972 in Denver, Colorado. His birth name is Keith Charlton Stoddard. He was adopted by a woman who went by the name of Judy Mae Lee, husband Kurt? He was adopted in Los Angeles, CA. I was 16 yrs when I had him. I tried my best for 16 mths with no family, no help. I have his outfit and blanket I brought him home in. Not a day goes by that I don't ache for him. How I wish I could meet him and say I'm sorry I couldn't care for you alone at 16. I think he was renamed Kevin Lee or Kevin Jerome Lee. #8
Donielle - 3 weeks ago
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I'm looking for my half-brother who I'm actually only 85% sure exists. It's been a rumor in my family for as long as I can remember. From what I know is that he was born in Korea along the DMZ between 1xxxxx. He would be half-white/half-korean, born to woman who may or may not have been a prostitute with a soldier for a father who had a damaged eye. I know it seems like a long shot, especially since all we know is that his name is probably Kim but I would love to find him if he exists. I can't get anymore information out of my father for right now. From what I've been told it's most likely that he was probably given up for adoption due to being bi-racial. #9
Jana - 3 weeks 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. #10
Chris Wolfe - 3 weeks 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. #11
kristin thorne - 3 weeks 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 #12
susan - 3 weeks ago
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I am searching for my son. Born Charles Brannon Skipper on September 9, 1976 in Rochester, Indiana. I was 14 when I became pregnant, 15 when I gave birth.. I was able to keep him for 9 months before putting him up for adoption. I had no parents (grew up in a children's home.. where I lived until the age of 12) I was living with my oldest brother and his wife at the time of my pregnancy and was a "ward of the court". I never gave birth to any other children and would love to meet my son, if only once before I die... I lived most of my life in Peru, Indiana..... I now live in Canada. He may have been adopted to a family in Tennessee.. not sure...My name at birth was Susan Skipper.. it is now Susan McCoy. #13
Rebecca - 4 weeks 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! #14
marilee fry - 4 weeks ago
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Hi i am trying to find my mother's birth siblings she is 70 so she knows the odds of her birth mother still beingalive is slim but she is desperate to know if she has siblings...she was born at highland view hospital in Amherst nd canada on June 11 1946. .her birth mother's name was Pauline Dustin ...she was in the forces and wanted out and getting pregnant was her only way out ..the doctors name that delivered her was Dr.Coates..my moms name at birth was Beverly Ann dustun but was changed to sharon faye Logan she was adopted by Willard Bruce logan and Mary Elizabeth logan from Amherst n.s..if anyone sees this that could have any information please let me know you can find me on facebook under marilee fry ..thank you #15
Kimberly - 4 weeks ago
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I am looking for my older brother that my mom adopted at his birth to the physician that delivered him in Arkansas during 1951. My mom was a young girl that had no family support to help them. This young man met his older brother when they were both stationed in Vietnam during 1xxxxx whereas our older brother Ricky was killed in combat. We were told years later that mom's 2nd son was also killed in action, but now my Aunt says that not to be true ( our Aunt is very I'll and wanted us to know ) if anyone can help us. xxxx Thank you #16
ricky - 1 month ago
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hey im 18 years old im looking for my step brothers there 12 9 4 and 4 all 4 are together they i haven't seen them in 4 years i never got a chance to say goodbye i was so close to them and never thought they would go anywhere ut my dad and step mom split and now are back together ive been on a life long search from day one I have been on my own since i was 13 ive been homeless and home free but nothing has stopped me i will drop everything im in the army i have 2 jobs and i will leave it all behind just to see my brothers for 5 mins. i have searched Facebook for days but they have coming names i dont know if they changed there last names but i cant find them. ive called the case worker but she doesn't work for them anymore and she never gave the case to someone new so what can i do!??? #17
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 #18
Emma cox - 1 month ago
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i am looking for my birth mother Jessica, she got pregnant when she was 16 and had me when she was 17, I was born at st Francis, on April 21st 2000 i am almost 16, honestly i hate my life, no one understands me, and it would make me so happy to find my birth mom, because maybe there is a chance that she is like me. i had a picture of her and me when i was born...it was in a picture frame in my room, and one day it was gone, i have no idea were it is. i live in greenwood Indiana, Jessica, , i know my adoptive parents know who you are, because i was reading there email and i saw were my 'mom' was emailing someone and saying they were talking to your doctor, so if they know your doctor then they know your last name, ad they know who you are.please if you see this i have a Instagram princess_eemma that's the only way we can talk.... #19
Paul - 2 months ago
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How would I go about finding foster sisters for when I was 4 or 5.... I'm 31 now #20
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