Tag: "Documentation"

Advice for Birth Mothers on Starting a Search

Thank you for your courage in starting a search!

If you are a birth or original mother in search of an adoptee and are just starting your search, or if you have been searching for many years and are frustrated at your lack of success, you should understand that unfortunately in most states, the success of your search can be long and difficult, BUT not impossible.

Your son or daughter may not know very much about you. It's doubtful that the agency gave your name to the adoptee OR the adoptive parents.

Most states 'legally limit' the non-identifying or ... Read More

Advice for Adoptees Starting an Adoption Search

If you are an adoptee contemplating a search for your birth or biological family, the very first place to start is at the beginning, on the day you were born.

Check your birth certificate.

It may list more than you think. Depending on the State that issued it, the certificate may list your time of birth, the hospital, the delivering doctor's name and other things you can use in your search. If you have an amended 'short form' birth certificate, try to obtain what is called a 'long form' birth certificate. It may tell you more than what you currently ... Read More