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Searching for Biological Family

Updated: Sep 10

Here's how to feel supported during your search for your biological family.



  • To learn more on accessing Adoption Records:https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/statutes/infoaccessap/

  • To search for State Reunion Registries/Confidential Intermediary Services, see Information Gateway’s National Foster Care & Adoption Directory at https:// childwelfare.gov/nfcad. 

  • The largest passive registry is the International Soundex Reunion Registry at http://www.isrr.org. This free service is open to adoptee adults over 18 years of age, birth parents, and adoptive parents of children under 18 years of age. 

  • Responsible Father Registries, also called Putative Father Registries, are passive registries that exist in as many as 32 States. For more information on Responsible Father Registries, see http:// www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa/birth-parents/ putative-father-registry. For a list of State Putative Father Registries, including addresses and contact information, see https://www.courts.state.nh.us/ probate/registrylist.pdf.

  • “Search Angels” (https://www.searchangels.org), a service available in all States, consists of individuals who have experience conducting searches for birth relatives and will conduct adoption searches free of charge. Search angels are not private detectives or paid professional searchers. They can also be found on adoption search blogs, social networking sites, search support groups, and other online forums.

International Searches

  • Read: How Can I Help My Internationally Adopted Child Find Their Birth Parents?

https://adoption.org/can-help-internationally-adopted-child-find-birth-parents

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may provide copies of immigration records if you submit a Freedom of Information Act request (https://www.uscis.gov/ about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/ uscis-freedom-information-act-and-privacy-act). 

  • International Social Service offers a range of social work services, including help if you were adopted and wish to find your birth family abroad (http://www. iss-usa.org). 

Books:

Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life’s Greatest Family Mysteries 

Pam Slaton

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories 

Rita J. Simon, Rhonda M. Roorda

Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond Julie Bailey and Lynn Giddens

Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption & Reunion Linda Back MacKay

Adoption Reunion: Ecstasy or Agony? Evelyn Burns Robinson

Adoption and Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Reunion Evelyn Burns Robinson

Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited Elyse Schein 

Searching for a Past: The Adopted Adult's Unique Process of Finding Identity Jane Norris SchoolerDo you have a design in mind for your blog? Whether you prefer a trendy postcard look or you’re going for a more editorial style blog - there’s a stunning layout for everyone.

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