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The number of adopted persons in the United States is estimated to be between six and ten million. The one thing all adopted persons share in common is that somewhere, some time, a decision was made that was intended to be in their "best interest." Whether infant or older child, domestic or international, stepparent, relative, or "stranger" adoption, that "best interest" was present.

As the adoption community becomes more visible and more vocal, the entire institution of adoption has changed and is changing in response to the experiences of today's adult adoptees.

  • Late discovery adoptees (LDAs), those who learned of their adoptions at older ages, have taught a crucial lesson about the importance of telling young adoptees about their having been adopted;
  • transracial and transcultural adoptees have taught equally important lessons about the need for cultural awareness and support within the family;
  • adults who were adopted as older children have made us aware of the importance of sibling and other relationships with the birthfamily.

And the list goes on

Many of today's adult adopted persons grew up during a time when issues were not discussed, and in some cases, not even acknowledged. Issues commonly addressed by today's adoptive parents and adoption professionals, such as identity, attachment, and challenging histories, were often taboo. As secrets and silence have fallen by the wayside (not only in adoption but in society in general), adult adopted persons are coming together to compare lives, seek support and guidance, and more generally seek acknowledgement of their experiences.

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Jill - 4 years ago
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I registered on this site in June 2011 to locate my son, who was put up for adoption 43 years ago. He and his wife located me through this site last month and we have a reunion planned for the first week of August 2013. #1
Janet - 4 years ago
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I FOUND HER!I After years of looking...I saw a free-trial on Why not, it's free. I typed in her name and looked at a few. There was a high school picture of her and I knew right then that I had finally found her because it looked just like me with a 50s hairstyle! I saw there were other people who searched her family so I went to their page and left them a message. I received a phone call from her cousin the very next day. I have 4 halfbros and 1 halfsister. I'm still reeling! I can't believe how easy it was. I've been looking for 20plus yrs, but I was looking in the state I was born. I broadened my search to Idaho and thats when I found her,so I suggest that you need to step back and think out of the box. Good luck to you all! #2
Nancy - 4 years ago
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I was adopted at the age of three months. My adoptive parents told me that at such a young age that I've always known it. They tried VERY hard to be good parents but they had two biological sons and although I was a good girl, I just was never good enough. ALWAYS been that void in my life and as I get older, I wonder if my biological mother is still alive. I am 58 and very petite. Blessings to all of us who have that "void". I never tried to contact her because I didn't want to interrupt her life. If you see this, Mother, thank you! 1-16-55, Seattle, WA. #3
MICHAEL - 3 years ago
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Ruth - 4 years ago
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I've been looking for my birthfamily. I often wonder if anyone is looking for me. I'm born in 1973 in Syracuse Ny. I got a call from someone last year, looking for someone with the same birthdate as mine. The non identifing information didn't add up. which I feel some of it could be a little off. My birthmother was labanese and english, catholic. Which I find a little strange. She was a nurse by the age of 20. I was the secound birth, the first was still born. The adoptiong was final in 1974. #5
Malcolm - 4 days ago
I was adopted when two months old. My parents told me I was adopted when I was 10, but never discussed my birth family. A the age of 52 my Father died and my sister (their natural child) gave me a package of papers about my adoption. In these papers where the answers to many of the questions I had over the years but had never discussed with my parents, to avoid upsetting them. Thanks to the Internet, several years later I found that my birth family were indeed still living in my home city. My birth Mother who was still living refused to acknowledge my existence even though the rest of the family welcomed me. I also found tat I had a half brother born the year after me to another man (her husband). My half brother died at a young age (44 /-) and my birth Father was unknown. If only my adoptive parents had had the smarts to give me these papers much earlier, I could have met with my birth family and perhaps, even my Mother. #6
xxxx - 3 months ago
my comment is to Michael. you can still find people without a name, and they you. I didn't have a 'birth name' only a last name on my record. But I still had a case number etc from being adopted. there was still information on there about them and I found them very quickly. ( my state finally opened all adoption records in 2015 and I sent for mind dec 2016, found my family jan 1 2017) Found I was number 4 of four kids in four years. Only one given up and parents were married. And they didn't even live in state I was born in. So it is possible. Just get your record if you can. Search, have someone help you. Obits with the family last names are a wealth of information, it can lead to family too. :) That is how we found my dad, who was dead at early age. I hope you find what you are looking for. #7
Penny - 4 years ago
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I'm almost 62 yrs old. I was adopted in Los Angeles, California in the summer of 1951. My adoptive parents are both deceased and I was hoping that I could find some help/support.I'm hoping to find out medical history. My oldest was born w/cleft lip and we were told 40% were heriditary and now that he's having children of his own he wonders if there is a history on my side. I would love to know more about my birth parents and if I have any siblings but my main reason is to see about getting medical history. I know that they may be deceased but hoping there will be other contact informatin that would help. I know California is a closed records state but after helping two young women who gave up their babies for adoption, I see how important it is for that type of information to be available to the new family. If anyone has any insight on this type of situation please let me know. God Bless you all who have adopted and treasured that process like my adoptive parents did. #8
cynthia - 4 years ago
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I am looking for my sister born crystal may drouillard on July 14,1993 in butte county California she was taken by the state (she was a few months old up on her detiontion) birth mom lost all rights to the child and state placed child for adoption...we don't know if her foster family adopted her or if another family did...she would be 20 now and we would like to have the oppertunity to know her if possible...I to was adopted(at birth) my adoptive mother was really good to me and she new and had a relationship with are birth mother Loretta drouillard...we also have 2 biological brothers so please if any one knows anything at all please contact me....xxxxx...thank u #9
Judy - 3 years ago
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Female Adoptee DOB: 12/18/68 Grand Rapids Michigan. I've found my biological mothers side of the family, unfortunately I was too late to meet her, she died at age 37. I am searching for my biological father. He was 19 at the time of my birth, red hair, green eyes and a high school graduate. I have no other info--the adoption agency has his name but naturally, I am not entitled to that. Paperwork shows he knew she was pregnant but I wonder how much of the paperwork is true. Hoping someone who knew my mother back then see's this and has info about my father-or that my father see's this and contacts me. :) Good luck to all! #10
Mindy - 3 years ago
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Heyy. I was adopted when I was 5 um Im 15 now. I guess Im on here trying to find outt if my dad is alive.. My moms name was patricia. My dad left when I was younger not even one -. I dont know why. I dont even know if he knows Im alive. If he even wants me. My emails xxxx. I just want to know if he wanted to stayy or if he just didnt want me. I dont care I just want to know who he is. They worked at a dairy queen together he was the manager I think. I was born in february of 1999. In oklahomah city so if anybody could help me out. I could just use my real dad in my life. #11
sara - 4 years ago
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my father was adopted in 1963 the date of birth we have is 06-02-1963 his name is Eric Rakita now, not sure of birth given name or if birthdate is correct. He was adopted in or around San Diego California hoping to find out who our relatives are I now have a daughter with seizure activity would like to find out if it is inherited and what form if at all possible. plz if someone is out there let me know something plz #12
Kathy - 3 years ago
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Hello all, I am wondering if I can ask for your help? I am currently trying to locate my birth mother. I was born on 9/5/1966 in Binghamton, NY. I was born in Binghamton General Hospital at 10:35 a.m. and I weighed 6lbs. 9 ½ oz. My mother was 19 years old and at the time and felt it was in my best interest to put me up for adoption through Binghamton City Welfare, now called Broome County DSS. Without going into much detail, I am searching due to health issues with myself and my youngest daughter. I was told by my adopted parents that my birth father was primarily Greek and that they thought my birth mother was also. (I am not sure as to whether that is correct information though) If anyone can help please feel free to private message me. I would love to meet the woman who gave me the gift of life as well as any siblings I may have. My adopted parents Frederick and Martha Doolittle are both deceased. I know this is a long shot, however I am hoping someone out there can help! Thank you #13
Marisa - 3 years ago
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I am looking for my father's birth family his name was Terry Smith and he was born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 13, 1953. His dad may have died when he was about 3 and his mom took him to an orphanage along with his sister around the age of 8. He was adopted by a couple in Oklahoma and lived most of his life there. I would like to find his birth family to learn more about our family health history as he passed away at the end of January of this year. I would also like to get to know them if they'd like as well. I'm not sure ho this works so I'll post my email here: xxxx #14
Anna - 1 week ago
My name is Anna Diaz. I was born on January 22, 1964 and supposed adopted six weeks later. I was named Maria Tonette Morris by my birth mother. NJ recently released adoption records and i purchased my original birth certificate. My birth mothers name is Diane Morris (at least that's what it says on the birth certificate). She lived on Coeyman Street in Newark when I was adopted. I was told I was put up for adoption through Catholic Charities. I recently purchased DNA tests through 23 #15
Jennifer - 4 years ago
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I am looking for birth family. I was born August 24,1984 in Tyler,tx at Trinity mother France hospital.i was picked up at 3 days old by my adoptive family and have been in Arkansas since. I know I have possibly 3 siblings . I also know their were two very nice people who let me stay with them until my parents picked me up, he was an officer with Tyler police dept. if anybody could help me in any way or give me suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thank you #16
JERRY - 1 month ago
I am looking for my daughter born 6-8-1995 in Oklahoma city. your mother gave you up for adoption and I fought for you in court and lost not a day goes by I don't think of you . I don't know your name or where you went. you were listed as baby girl Montgomery until the adoption went threw. I did here that you might be in ohio somewhere . if you see this please get in touch with me you have a big wounderful family here that wants to meet you. xxxx #17
brittany - 3 years ago
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Detroit,Mi Female Adoptee Here! I've been looking for my birthmother last name Gibson, for quite some time now. I am African American-black an so was my mother. I was born 02/14/88 an my mother was born in 1954. Im one of 2 other babies at the time ( 88',89',90'another girl an boy). I believe mt saini hospital if Im correct, but Id love to meet my relatives or the rest of my family, been looking since 1999. Haven't come up with anything,just lost records ,etc. Her Rights were terminated in 1989, adoption/court order took place after that i believe. Hopefully someone will find me an write on the registry. I was known as baby girl Gibson, id like to know who my mother is before its too late. I want to know where such beauty comes from or if anyone can help that would be great!! If mom is still alive,I've missed you, an please write on registry.bday02/14/88...... #18
Amanda kadow - 3 months ago
Im looking for my son and my daughter my rights were TPR back in early 2000 my son was born march 18 1999 and my daughter may 21 2000. I live in milwaukee wi and can be reached on Facebook under amanda kadow there birth names were david and katalina colon #19
Lily - 4 years ago
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I am 15 years old, and I was adopted in Champaign, Illinois on September 1st, 1998. I was adopted when I was just three days old. My birthfamily and my adoptive parents have always kept in touch. My birthfamily sent me cards and gifts, and my adoptive parents sent them home videos of me. I have always known about them, so it was never a big surprise. I first met my birthfamily when I was 5 years old. I just acted like they were my family, because they are :) Now, I get to spend weekends at my birthmother's hous, and my birthfather got married to a woman who it very sweet, and now I have a wonderful half-sister and 3 step-brothers. I honestly wouldn't have life any other way. Thank you so much, E #20

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