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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
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. #4
MICHAEL - 3 years ago
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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. #6
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 #7
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! #8
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. #9
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 #10
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 #11
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 #12
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...... #13
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 #14
Tim - 3 years ago
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I was adopted by my step-father when he married my mother in 1972. I was about 10 years old and we lived in Tucson, AZ. I am 52 now and I have proudly carried his last name my entire life. It's on my Social Security card and my military record, and I've passed it to my children. All well and good, but... I've never seen any adoption paperwork and both parents are long deceased. My adopted last name does not appear on my Missouri birth certificate; it still reflects my birth name and birth father. Now, for the first time since the implementation of the Patriot Act mind you, I'm trying to renew my driver's license. This is proving a challenge since my birth certificate and every other record do not match. How do I go about either getting a birth certificate with my adopted name or getting the records of my adoption so I can prove who I am and get my license renewed? #15
Katherine - 1 week ago
LOOKING FOR SIBLINGS FROM PATRICIA MCINDOE, i have found her and one older sister we are missing parts still and just contact me by email xxxx I was born march 1992, louisiana, our mother had one of the missing sisters in jail she can not remember only october. CONTACT IF YOu HaVE THE SAME MOTHER AS ME! thanks #16
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 #17
Guest - 3 years ago
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I was adopted at 6 days old from McAllen, TX in 1994. I'm a female. My adoptive parents told me when I was young, but of corse I knew it due to it being an interracial adoption. It was a closed adoption but at the age of 19, I would like to know at least what my birth parents look like and their medical history at the least. I've always had a "hole" in my life seeing all my friends grow up with their biological families. I just want to know where they are and if they're looking for me too. Victoria, TX 1/26/2014 #18
Lesley - 3 years ago
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Hello, I was adopted in 1964, born July 1963... Such a long story. Still affects my life now. My lovely adoptive dad died when I was 12. More trauma. Found out that biological parents had my brother after giving me up.. Killed me, although I know I had the better life. Rejected, hurt, still hurt... #19
Barbara - 3 years ago
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Looking for my nephew who was born in 1952 to someone named Paula Costello, who lived on Staten Island, NY at the time. Child's name might possibly be Paul. Father's name is Donald W. Herold. Baby was supposedly adopted but may have been brought up by someone in Paula's family. #20

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