Searching for Biological Families
It’s a good idea to start with the agency that handled the adoption. Even if they aren’t able to give you addresses or phone numbers, many times they have records and can point you in the right direction.
You could also try searching an adoption registry, such as Adoption.com’s Reunion Registry (https://registry.adoption.com), International Soundex Reunion Registry (https://www.isrr.org) or Find My Family (https://www.findmyfamily.org). Many adoption registry web sites will also offer search tips, articles and support.
The court where your adoption was finalized will also have records that you may be able to access to help in your search. Depending on the court and its policies, you may not be able to receive identifying information. However, some courts have confidential intermediary programs to help locate biological parents.
No doubt you’ve seen a post on Facebook or Twitter of someone seeking their birth parents or child. Since social media is such a large part of our lives these days, your post could potentially result in thousands of shares, tweets or responses. And who knows, the right person may see it and help with your reunion.
Each search is different, but with some digging and support, you may be able to successfully locate and make contact with your biological family. Some reunions offer hugs, joyful tears and a chance to develop an ongoing relationship. Others are more lukewarm, with minimal contact. Although not every reunion is joyful, most offer closure and a chance to finally have questions answered. When it comes down to it, we all want to know: “Who Am I?”
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