Information and Links on
How To Search For Child or Parent
If you are an adopted child searching for you birth parents or a parent seeking to find a child given up for adoption, here are some tips:
A search can consume lot of time and money.
Be careful - agencies that promise to find your parent/child for a fee. There are many that are only interested in your money.
Keep A Record - Write down the facts as you find them - date of birth, hospital where born, adoption agency, etc.
Learn about the law in the state where the adoption occurred. Find out the restrictions in that state. Alabama, Alaska, Kansas and Oregon have open adoption records.
Place a letter on file in the state where the adoption occurred. This means that you can be contacted.
Register with the International Soundex
Reunion Registry. This is a free database for relatives trying to
locate each other.
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
Transcriber: Evelyn M. Sawyer
Created: 14 April 2003