Search & Reunion Resources
Both Domestic and International
Adoptive Families Magazine – Resources, support and other information for beginning your search
Child Welfare Information Gateway – information and resources related to searching for birth relatives, the search and reunion process, obtaining birth and adoption records, support groups, and relevant laws and policies
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) – a mutual consent registry for persons desiring a reunion with birth family separated by adoption, divorce, foster care, institutional care, abandonment, crisis, etc.
Karen's Adoption Links – includes multiple links to resources, support services and groups related to search and reunion (primarily international; some domestic)
Adoption Registry Connect – a worldwide adoptee and birth parent search registry designed to reunite adoptees with birth family members
The Volunteer Search Network - a worldwide group of volunteers offering to help adoptees and birth family members search for lost relatives on a cost-only basis
Domestic Adoptions Only
411LOCATE – Online people finder service
Massachusetts Public Records Search – Provides access to public records, including birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates
People Lookup – Database using information from public records to help locate others
Search Angels –Free mutual consent registry for adoptees and birth family members; searches can be done by state
The ALMA (Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association) Society – Adoption registry and reunion group
International Adoptions Only
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cambirthparentssearch/ – Yahoo support group for adoptive parents of children from Cambodia searching for more information about the birthparents of their child
Sename Ministerio de Justica Gobierno de Chile – Website is in Spanish. Contact is Maria Fernanda Galleguillos, Fundacion Chilena de la Adopción.
Monica and Roberto Barros, private investigators, can be contacted at Eduardo Castillo Vicuna 3320, Providencia, Santiago, Chile.
Research-China.org – Group of adoptive families sharing successful ideas for searching orphanages across China
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RaisingChinaChildren/links/Orphanage_Yahoo__Gro_000983302609/ – Yahoo support group for adoptive families; province- and orphanage-specific
Centro de Adopción Chiquitines – Families can contact this facility directly
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ColombianAdopteeSearchandSupport/ –Yahoo support group for Colombian adoptees, adoptive parents, siblings, spouses, extended family and birth parents to share information, concerns, feelings and experiences about adoption and searching
– Email address for Licda. Mayra Hernandez S., a social worker at Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), Costa Rica’s central authority, who does file reviews and meets with searchers who travel to Costa Rica. Her contact information is as follows: Licda. Mayra Hernandez S., Trabajadora Social (social worker), Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), San Jose, Costa Rica. Telephone numbers: 011-506-398-4236 or 011-506-222-0443; Office, 011-506-233-0005 or
Eastern Europe and Russia (see also Moldova and Romania)
International Adoption Birth Family Search – Provides professional services to locate birth family members of adopted children from Guatemala or former Soviet Union countries, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and others. Includes anonymous or open communication with the birth family, medical and family history, translations, pictures and DVDs.
Russian Family Search – Offers free assistance to those considering searching for birth family members and orphanage friends in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/AfricanAdoptionSupport – Yahoo support group for post-adopt families
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GuatemalaBirthfamilies/ – Yahoo support group for families considering search and reunion; topics include methods for searching; ways to maintain contact and/or provide support and assistance to birth families, the ethics of providing support and/or assistance, how/when to initiate a meeting and the effect on members of the adoption triad
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GuatemalaAdopt_SiblingRegistry/ –Yahoo group with a database that adoptive families can use when searching for biological siblings who may also have been adopted
WHFC may be able to contact the orphanage that placed your child. The facility will sometimes agree to contact the birth mother for her permission; however, in general, they feel birth parent privacy should be respected. Adoptees may be able to leave a letter in the file in India. Searchers must be age 18 or older.
Family Service Center, Sofash and Balanand – Ask WHFC for contact information
All searches are conducted through WHFC and Holt Korea.
Irina Malanciuc may be able to assist. Contact information: Centrul Republican de Plasament, str. Cozmescu nr. 51, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (orphanage used in WHFC program)
Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) – ICAB is open to helping adults age 18 and older. Send letter to ICAB, which will contact the birth mother for permission.
Romanian Office for Adoption Advice – Website is in Romanian