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Friday18 April 2014

Search & Reunion Resources

Please note: The following websites are independent of WHFC, and the information may change without notice. WHFC neither promotes nor endorses any websites, organizations or individuals that may be linked from this page. If you would like to add a website to this listing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

Cambodia

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

Chile

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.

China

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

Colombia

Centro de Adopción Chiquitines – Families can contact this facility directly

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Attorney Alvaro Palacios, who can assist with searches. Contact information: Carrera 11A No 95-98 of. 202, Bogota, Colombia. Fax: 4833157.

Fundacion Para El Reencuentro (Foundation for Reunions of Bogota) – Website is in Spanish. Alejandro Munoz Garzon, private investigator, can assist families; last know fee range $1,000-2000 (high success rate). Interested parties should contact Franny Eisenman for assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

Costa Rica

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 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
011-506-222-0443

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

Ethiopia

www.groups.yahoo.com/group/AfricanAdoptionSupport – Yahoo support group for post-adopt families

Guatemala

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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Susi Balanos, who conducts private searches for families

Honduras

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Barbara Mejia, psychologist, who can assist families

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Attorney Manual Auturo Lopex Samra, who can assist families

India

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

Korea

All searches are conducted through WHFC and Holt Korea.

Moldova

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)

Paraguay

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Diana Lesne, who conducts private searches for families

Peru

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Attorney Raul Alvia, Lima, who worked with WHFC on adoptions from Peru

Philippines

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.

Romania

Romanian Office for Adoption Advice – Website is in Romanian

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Email address for Marianna and Vali Nach, who conduct private searches for families