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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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Christina - 1 year ago
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Someone on here mentioned my grandmother Sally Margaret Akins Heberling Stockton - Said it was their birthmother. Lisa Fultz Johnson born March 11th 1966 in Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. Please get in touch with me, as I have many unanswered questions.. #1
Lisa - 10 months 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 #2
Chris - 1 year ago
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I am a female that was born in June 1965 and my brother was born February 1964. I was born in West Chester, PA, I believe we were adopted when we were in Dowingtown, PA or that is where our mother was from. I believe my mother's name was Jeannie Tucker. We spent sometime in foster care and then time at the adoption agency before we were adopted. I think at one time in my life that someone mentioned that we may have siblings. We have no knowledge of who our father's were. I believe my brother and I had different fathers. #3
Eden - 9 months 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
Ashley - 5 months 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! #5
Andrew Christensen - 5 months 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. #6
Carla - 11 months 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. #7
Karen - 9 months 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. #8
Elizabeth - 9 months 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. #9
Sarah - 1 year 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! #10
jacquie scott - 2 months ago
I am still looking for my birth irish mother Catherine lyons(13/10/41 born in kanturk(?), south ierland)...I know she live in east London,might same area till now? she had first born boy in 1959(need to know his name?) then 2nd born was me. Also I would like to know my birth father Micheal Connelly, where is he now? I found Catherine Lyons's parent names are Daniel and Bridget Lyons. I was born in hammersmith hostapial 27/11/62 and was Jacqueline lyons and now change surname SCOTT in 1971 .would love to know more about my biological family... thank you. #11
Catherine - 2 months ago
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I am searching for my birth mother. I don't have her name or any other name in the family. I don't know where to start and it is killing me. I was born in Mesa, Arizona (Maricopa County I believe). I was born June 14, 1991 and adopted on June 18, 1991. This is all the information that I have besides a tiny black and white portrait of who is believed to be my beautiful birth mother. I love my parents but they are not very helpful when trying to find out my past. So here I am...trying to find a place to start. #12
Anthony - 2 months ago
I'm attempting to help my wife find her half sister. My wife's mother gave her half sister up for adoption due to complications with finances, her mother even had to give her up for a few years as well. My wife Zeena, has tried to the best of her ability, to seek out her half-sister, which at the time of birth as she knows her was named Chasity. Chasity's birthdate is either 10-10-1990 or 10-10-1991, she was born in Denver, CO and as far as we can find out through Colorado Christian Adoption Agency. I will be setting up an account on this website, so if anyone has any information please contact me. Thank you. #13
Chris - 8 months ago
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Born January 27th, 1972 in New Orleans Baptist Hospital. Sellers Baptist Childrens Home handled the adoption. Searching for my birth mother. All I know about her is that she was 16 when she had me and my father was 20 and worked at a paper mill. My mother's father passed away at age 69 from lung cancer. Mother has a one brother who is 2 years younger. Please contact me, Chris, at xxxx #14
Tiffani - 3 months 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. #15
George - 1 year 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. #16
JARED - 4 months 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. #17
Guest - 5 months ago
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I am 15 and I want to find out out my dad's birth parents his name is David he was born on the 23rd of April in Halifax I don't no what year. As far as I know that is all he knows and I feel bad wanting to know who they are because I had amazing grandparents but I would love find out some information about them but if possible without my dad knowing because I don't think he wants to know. He had ginger hair when he was a baby his adoptive parents were called Freda and Bill Carr he was spotted when he was a baby and moved to Middleton in Manchester.I would be gratefully if had any information about them. #18
Jennifer - 5 months ago
Yes, I am looking for my birth mother and father, and if I have any living siblings. I was born July 15,1977 in Des Moines, Iowa. I was gave up for adoption at birth. My birth name was RoseMarie Ann Mayne. My mother's name was Carolyn Sue Mayne. My father's name was Gary Lee Drallmeier. I had my original birth certificate but in 2004 my house burned down and it was in my house. I would really like to find my mother and father because I am having a lot of medical issue and I would like to talk to them about my medical history. So please if anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. Please email me at either one of the following email address. xxxx or xxxx. Thank you and GOD bless each and everyone of you. #19
Angela G - 9 months ago
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Hello I am helping my brother find his birth relatives. He was born on August 7, 1993 in Statesboro, Ga, and named Antonio A. Johnson. His birth mother is half black half white and his birth father is black. His birth mother was a young woman with 3 or 4 other small children. My understanding is that she gave him up because she wasn't able to care for him and she was living with her mother at the time, she had a younger sister that attended Statesboro High school. Antonio was adopted to a nurse name Karen Barnes Johnson who had been living in Statesboro for a short time before meeting Antonio' bio grandmother who was a Caucasian nurse that introduced Karen to her daughter that was looking to adopt out her unborn son. I believe the birth mother changed her mind wanting him back but the adopted mother moved out of state with Antonio. If you have any info .my brother really NEEDS to find his birth family. #20
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