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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 - 2 years 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 - 11 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 - 2 years 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
Andrew Christensen - 7 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. #4
Eden - 11 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. #5
Ashley - 7 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! #6
Carla - 1 year 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 - 11 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 - 11 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
Kenneth Rawls - 2 hours ago
My little son was giving up for adoption when he was born without any of my consent. This was 15 years ago, and since then it as been a struggle to find him to get him back. His mother, Diedra lied and listed 3 potential fathers down inorder to make the adoption happen without me present for the adoption hearing. Before my son was born, I would come to chech on the unborn child, ( my first and only) but when I would show up, she would call the cops on me so I wouldn't know what she was up to. I feel like my rights was violated.since then all lawyers told me at it was nothing that I can do. Bulls$$$$!!! If someone don't help me out then ???? For all of these years, I've been searching for help. Help me PLEASE! #11
Ashley - 3 days ago
I am a women desperate for a answer of where my adopted son is. I was raped when I was 15 by my step dad and as a result I was put in foster care. At 16 I birth a beautiful baby boy Named A' mario David Wayt but due to the fact I was just a kid and I didn't have a stable home life I decided that it would be in his best interest to go with a good family that could provided for him. For a couple of years his adopted family was able to keep in touch with me but since I was never stable they eventual lost contact. I use to recessive letters and picture all the time but that has been years ago now. I have been searching high and low and then my friend told me about how this site connected her to her sister she just found out about. My son is 11 years old now and I believe his name has been changed to Mario, he was born at Aultman Hospital in Canton Ohio on December 16 2003. Please contact me with information thanks and god bless...... #12
Diane - 7 days ago
I am searching for my first cousins birth mother. My cousin was adopted in Chatham County, Ga either 1960 or 1961. Ironically, she was born on December 13, 1956 by my Uncle…Flanders W. Lord and Katie Jean Bunnell Lord. My cousin passed away in June of 1997 and prior to her death, she indicated that she wanted to find her birthmother and I was planning to help her with that, but she had an untimely death. Now I am mainly doing this search for her children. It is difficult for them because they live in Greece and it is difficult for them with English. Her three daughters would like to know something about their family history, medical reasons and to possibly reconnect with any siblings their mother might have had. I pray that someone will read this and I will be contacted. Thank you! #13
Amber Barker - 1 month ago
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well, i have a half brother somewhere and would love to find him! I know his first name is James and that he's going to be 18 on April 21. Im not certain what his last name is and i have two towns he could possibly live in.. I don't know where to start or where to go for information. My mom gave him up for adoption when he was 1 and even meet the parents of him. Problem is she doesn't remember any info. about them. I am searching along with my older sister and my aunt. We are starting to lose hope and are worried that we won't get anywhere soon. Please get in contact with us.. our mom's name is Jennifer Aguilar but goes by Jenz sometimes. #14
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. #15
Barbara - 1 month ago
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I am searching for my son that I put up for adoption back in 1986. His possible new name is Andrew Brumder Holbrook. Could just be using Andrew Holbrook. His birthday is March 29,1986. He was born at North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey,Fl. Case worker was Debbie West from Childrens Home Society of Florida. I was under duress from his dad. And didn't want to do this. I have been looking for him for a long time. Writting to Oprah, Maury and Troy the Locator and the Adoption Agencey. Was to get recent photos and meet the new parents but never did. Anyone that has info please contact me. My name is Barbara Meyer.I also go by the name Barbie Meyer.I love my son and miss him so very much.THis is the name I had at his birth also Barbara Meyer my Maiden name.God Bless You. I love you. Love,Mother xoxoxo #16
Anne - 1 month ago
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Want to make info available for my Son Born Jan 1, 1962. I was at Florence Crittendon home for unwed Mothers in Nashville, Tennessee. I 'm not sure if he knows that he is adopted. During those days a lot of family's didn't tell their children they were adopted. I do not want to contact him unless he has been looking for me. I have tried to put this info on record. I went through gov agency in Tn. Didn't get anything. I tried to make sure they didn't try to contact him. I felt it would be very selfish of me to interfere in his life. I just want to make this info available for him if he is looking for his Birth Family. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My maiden name was Cora Ann Norfleet, I am from Memphis. I can be private message on Face Book. Anne Norfleet Prouty Thank You #17
Chris - 10 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 #18
Tiffani - 4 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. #19
JARED - 5 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. #20
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