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Search and Reunion

As today’s adoptions become increasingly open, more adoptees are being raised knowing and interacting with their birth parents. These children never have to wonder who their birth parents are or why they chose adoption. With a fuller understanding of their adoption stories, they may feel more complete and confident in their identities.

But for the many adoptees born before this modern era of open adoption, questions remain — and, in some cases, adoptees in closed adoptions choose to search for their birth families in order to find the answers.

For these adoptees and their families, the articles below provide some basic information on adoption search and reunion, including tips to prepare, steps to take and resources and tools that may be able to help. Whether you are ready to reunite with your birth parents or are still deciding if searching is right for you, read on to find the information you need to get started.

How to Find Your Birth Parents: 5 Steps You Can Take

How to Find Your Birth Parents: 5 Steps You Can Take

Here’s how to find your birth parents, as well as a list of helpful resources for your adoption search.

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How to Open Adoption Records

How to Open Adoption Records

Here’s how to access adoption records in your state and how to unseal those records to learn more about your adoption.

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Involving Parents in Your Adoption Search

Involving Parents in Your Adoption Search

Adult adoptees who are curious about their birth parents often worry that beginning an adoption search will hurt their (adoptive) parents’ feelings. Here are some ways...

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Navigating Your Post-Reunion Relationships with Birth Family

Navigating Your Post-Reunion Relationships with Birth Family

If you’ve reunited with your birth family as an adult adoptee, navigating your new family dynamics can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help...

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Preparing for an Adoption Search and Reunion

Preparing for an Adoption Search and Reunion

Ask yourself these questions before deciding whether or not you’re ready to begin an adoptee search or birth family search:

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Should You Use an Adoption Reunion Registry?

Should You Use an Adoption Reunion Registry?

Through an adoption reunion registry, adult adoptees and birth family members can announce that they’re willing to be contacted in the event that the other person...

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The 5 Steps of How to Find an Adopted Child

The 5 Steps of How to Find an Adopted Child

Here’s how you can find a child that you placed for adoption, as well as helpful resources for your adoption search:

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The Best DNA Testing Services for Adoptees

The Best DNA Testing Services for Adoptees

Curious about your adoption genealogy? These 3 services use the most up-to-the-minute DNA testing for adoptees to connect you with biological family.

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Was One of Your Ancestors Adopted?

Was One of Your Ancestors Adopted?

Do you know if one of your ancestors was adopted? Here’s how adoption can affect your family genealogy.

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When Your Adoption Search Ends in Disappointment

When Your Adoption Search Ends in Disappointment

Searching for birth family as an adult adoptee is difficult enough, but sadly, even for those who are able to find their birth family, the reunions...

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