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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 - 1 year 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 - 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. #4
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. #5
Eden - 1 year 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. #6
Karen - 1 year 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. #7
Elizabeth - 1 year 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. #8
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. #9
Beth - 4 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 #10
Ashley - 12 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! #11
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 #12
Michael - 2 years ago
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I am a male born on may 2,1977 and I am looking for my birth parents! I know I have siblings and and aunt named PAT. I was born in Baytown, tx and my mother went by TINK. I would love to contact them and my adoptee family has and will not give me any information. They even knew my biological parents. My adoptee mother died when I was 13 and my adopted father is a loner. I really want to find my biological parents if they don't want to have a relationship that is understandable but, for my children's sake and a piece of mind I would love to know medical information. Thank you! #13
Angela - 1 year 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. #14
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! #15
Anthony - 2 days ago
My name is Anthony, and before I say anything, I want to give a brief background of this story. I have three siblings, of which a I only know one, my sister Andrea. Our mother had her first kid at the early age of 15, and made the hardest choice any teenage parent has to make, weather to put her first born child up for adoption, to give him the best life he could have, or keep him and know she cannot give him what he needs. Now that being said, my sister and myself have always heard about our older brother, and have always wanted to meet him, and as small children my sister and myself promised each other, we would spend the rest of our lives finding our brother. His name given at birth is/was Jacob Edward Charbonneau, born January 31 1986, at St. Lukes hospital in Denver, CO. He was adopted to an adult couple after birth. Jacob, if your reading this, I just want you to know, even though you don't even know we excist, we love you with all our hearts, and the doors always open for you. #16
Cythia Johnson - 4 days ago
Hi my name is Cindy, I am Native American Indian (Navajo) I was adopted to Marengo Ill. in 1968 I lived in Arizona when i was born up to the age of 7 in and out of foster home's for all those years. My adopted parents will not tell me anything about my birth mom and dad or Sibling. I know my one sister, we where adopted together I was born: 1962 and my sister Named Cellastine born: 1960 but i have one more sister Tina born: 1961 and 2 brothers by the name of Rudy born:1958 and Dougles born in 1959. I am destine to fine my sibling and to know if my birth parents if they are still alive and where.I have been hunting for 39 years now and still no luck or leads.If anyone out there know anything that could help me, it would be much help, and fill the hole i have had for all these years. My birth parents and family have nothing to do with me since i was 14 and i would love to have a family, just once to say i have a Mom and dad and sister and brothers. Just a family! PLEASE HELP ME! #17
nancy - 3 weeks ago
I am searching for my half sister and brother there taken out of my mothers home when my sister was 4 and my brother was 2. Sister birth name Wanda Deloris Marshall dob: Oct 19 1958 her father william basiel marshall mothers name wanda p marshall date taken oct 15 1962 judge hart at leflore county court house in poteau okla . my brothers birth name Gerald dean slots dob: Feb.21 1960 his father James a slots mothers name Wanda p. Marshall taken out of home oct 19 1962. Judge hart at Leflore county court house poteau okla #18
Guest - 4 weeks ago
My original birth-name was Ashley. I was placed on March 5, 1990 through Spence-Chapin of New York.When I was 18, my adoptive father took me to Spence-Chapin and we met with my original case worker. She gave me pages of non-identifying info. Here is what I have... I was born on 2-21-90. I had strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. This is what I know about my mother and her family: She was born in 1966 and was described as a Caucasian Protestant of Italian and German descent. She stood 5.5' and weighed 130lbs. She was a high school graduate who worked as a PC graphics administrator. My mother's brothers: 26 and 29 at the time of my birth (1990). The older one was married. #19
Bobby Dodge - 4 weeks ago
I was taken from my parents at a real young age and have been in many foster homes till I was adopted at the age of 13 I'm trying to find my dad,mom and brother I know my sister died in 1985 at least that's what I was told and I was never told where she was buried at which I would like to know she was 5 yes old we were in a foster home in Utah her name was Kimberly dodge. I know my fathers name is Robert dodge last known place of residence was las Vegas,nv my brothers name is Johnathan mulcahey or Doggett my moms name is Judy mulcahey or Doggett I am now 34yrs old and it is very important to me to find even a address would help please help #20
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