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Every year, many adopted children decide to search for their birth parents.  Whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen, it might be possible for you to find members of your birth family or at least learn more about them.<br /><br />
Every year, many adopted children decide to search for their birth parents.  Whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen, it might be possible for you to find members of your birth family or at least learn more about them.<br /><br />
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If you don't already know who your birth parents were, you can try to find out more information from the state in which you were adopted.  To find out what your information you can obtain from your state, you can visit a site such as [http://www.adoption.com Adoption.com] and look at [http://local.reunite.com/ their summaries of adoption law by state].  A good [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/indiana-laws.html summary of the Indiana state laws governing access to adoption information] can be found there.  The site gives information on how you can apply for identifying information through the state; in general, the information will only be released if the birth parents consent.  The Indiana State Department of Health website also has [http://www.in.gov/isdh/bdcertifs/history.htm an adoption-related page] with official information on obtaining adoption information.<br /><br />
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If you don't already know who your birth parents were, you can try to find out more information from the state in which you were adopted.  To find out what information you can obtain, visit a site such as [http://www.adoption.com Adoption.com] and look at [http://local.reunite.com/ their summaries of adoption law by state].  A good [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/indiana-laws.html summary of the Indiana state laws governing access to adoption information] can be found there.  The Indiana State Department of Health website also has [http://www.in.gov/isdh/bdcertifs/history.htm an adoption-related page] with official information on obtaining identifying information on your birth family.<br /><br />
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So what happens if you can't get identifying information, or haven't gotten it yet?  Whether you know anything about your birth family or not, you can still register with an adoption registry.  The largest, most respected and recommended adoption reunion registry is the [http://www.isrr.net/ International Soundex Reunion Registry].  This site is completely FREE.  To learn more about how to register and how it works, read their [http://www.isrr.net/faq.shtml FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page].<br /><br />
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So what happens in the event you can't get identifying information?  Whether you know anything about your birth family or not, you can still register with an adoption registry.  The largest, most respected, and most recommended adoption reunion registry is the [http://www.isrr.net/ International Soundex Reunion Registry].  This site is completely FREE.  To learn more about how to register and how it works, read their [http://www.isrr.net/faq.shtml FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page].<br /><br />
What next?  The [http://www.sjcpl.org/ St. Joseph County Public Library] has several books that can help you figure out how to get more identifying information about your birth family.  Check out some of these titles:
What next?  The [http://www.sjcpl.org/ St. Joseph County Public Library] has several books that can help you figure out how to get more identifying information about your birth family.  Check out some of these titles:
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5.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification+handbooks+manuals+etc&1%2C1%2C Missing Pieces:  How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children, a Search and Reunion Guidebook]'', by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill<br /><br />
5.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification+handbooks+manuals+etc&1%2C1%2C Missing Pieces:  How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children, a Search and Reunion Guidebook]'', by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill<br /><br />
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Once you have found some identifying information about your birth parents, then the search can be quite like anyone else's family history search.  Come into [http://www.sjcpl.org/localhistory/ Local & Family History Services] to find out more about how to begin, or read [http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Genealogy#Getting_Started_with_Your_Family_History our guide on the subject] online.<br /><br />
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Once you have found some identifying information about your birth parents, then your search will be quite like anyone else's family history search.  Come into [http://www.sjcpl.org/localhistory/ Local & Family History Services] to find out more about how to begin, or read [http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Genealogy#Getting_Started_with_Your_Family_History our guide on the subject] online.<br /><br />
[[Genealogy | Back to the Genealogy page]]
[[Genealogy | Back to the Genealogy page]]

Revision as of 21:44, 25 January 2007

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Finding Birth Families

By Libby Feil

Every year, many adopted children decide to search for their birth parents. Whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen, it might be possible for you to find members of your birth family or at least learn more about them.

If you don't already know who your birth parents were, you can try to find out more information from the state in which you were adopted. To find out what information you can obtain, visit a site such as Adoption.com and look at their summaries of adoption law by state. A good summary of the Indiana state laws governing access to adoption information can be found there. The Indiana State Department of Health website also has an adoption-related page with official information on obtaining identifying information on your birth family.

So what happens in the event you can't get identifying information? Whether you know anything about your birth family or not, you can still register with an adoption registry. The largest, most respected, and most recommended adoption reunion registry is the International Soundex Reunion Registry. This site is completely FREE. To learn more about how to register and how it works, read their FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.

What next? The St. Joseph County Public Library has several books that can help you figure out how to get more identifying information about your birth family. Check out some of these titles:

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1. The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond, by Julie Jarrell Bailey & Lynn N. Giddens
2. Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption, by E. Wayne Carp
3. Search: A Handbook for Adoptees and Birthparents, by Jane Askin
4. Searching for a Piece of My Soul, by Tammy L. King
5. Missing Pieces: How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children, a Search and Reunion Guidebook, by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill

Once you have found some identifying information about your birth parents, then your search will be quite like anyone else's family history search. Come into Local & Family History Services to find out more about how to begin, or read our guide on the subject online.

Back to the Genealogy page



Last updated by: Libby Feil, January 25, 2007

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