Adoption Search

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Reunion registries, state search information, tools for locating people and information, and support groups in the US and around the world.

Getting Started With Search

Tips for beginners, laws about access to information, and articles to help you organize your search and determine which tools to use.

Reunion Registries

Reunion registries are places where members of the adoption community searching for birth family post their information in hopes of a match. These registries accept listings from all over the US and/or around the world. Many allow free posting and searc

Search Resources by State

Search information, resources, registries and support groups, for each state.

Foster Family Search

A registry for foster families and former foster children seeking to reconnect.

Canadian Search Resources

If your adoption was finalized in Canada, look here for search groups, Canada-specific registries, support groups, and legal information.

International Adoption Search Resources

Search and support resources for those seeking birth family members connected with adoptions outside the US and Canada.

Black Market Search

Black market (illegal) adoptions are the hardest to trace because there's no paper trail. Resources include reunion registries, information about known black market adoption operations, and personal stories.

Military Search Resources

Non-adoption specific resources and locators for searches involving current and former military personnel.

Native American Search

Native American tribal information and resources, as well as family search sites.

How to Find People & Information

Groups and tools to help you find people and information. Includes genealogy resources, and general people and information locators.

Search Issues

Some search, others do not. Information and resources for those working through their own decisions.

Why Adoptees Search

Adoptees search for birth parents and other birth family members for a myriad of reasons at different times. These articles offer some insight into the reasons why.

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