The Learning Curve

October 10th, 2013

NEW CURVES AHEAD SIGNHaving completed registration here and nationally, I began 'The Learning Curve Era'. Consuming information in great gulps helped speed the time a bit, yet just as a curved road requires slower, more careful driving, so does this time of learning. I don't have much to offer readers in regard to time condensation here. Try to enjoy the view as you go, committing as much as possible to memory and note-taking...and remember, if not navigated rightly, you could miss a turn or even go over a cliff. The Learning Curve Era has only one real requirement...that we learn! One piece of advice I found but did not follow was to 'clear the slate'. Placing current projects on the shelf is not… [more]

Adoption.com’s Reunion Registry Hits 400,000!

December 23rd, 2010

400,000Adoption.com's Search and Reunion Registry has hit 400,000 individual profiles! Across the United States, profiles of those looking for long-lost family members are consistently created, making the Adoption.com Registry the #1 online adoption reunion registry available today. With the ever-growing number of profiles, finding a family member is and will be a reality for many. Currently, an estimated 53.5% of the Adoption.com Registry users are adoptees searching for a birth parent or a birth sibling.  Adoption.com's next highest statistical grouping is birth mothers, at 23.3% of the online profiles. The rest consist of birth siblings, birth fathers, adoptive family members, and search angels-those who aide in reuniting and reconnecting searchers. Adoption.com reaches out and supports all those searching for family members… [more]

Questions to Ask Your Paid Adoption Searcher

October 27th, 2009

47379_mobile_phone_searching___Reuniting with your family members can be a difficult and arduous journey. For some, the search is simple, quick, and easy. For others, it is a process-a long process, at that. Whether hiring a private detective is the first option on your list or the last option, here are some common questions to inquire about before settling on one private detective over another. What resources will be used? Find out what methods he or she regularly employs to get the job done. Are you comfortable with all the methods or resources that may be used? Your private investigator should be able to talk in depth about each resource. Not only should you be comfortable with it, he or she should also be confident… [more]

Social Security Death Index Part 3

November 27th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

When using the Social Security Death Index and viewing the field “last residence” try to remember that this is the address of record. It does not mean that this is the place of death. A perfect example is an elderly couple who had a summer home in the Northeast and a winter home in the south. The husband had passed on while residing in Florida but in the search results of the Social Security Death Index last residence is listed as a northern state. Many people have two official addresses especially if summer and winter home is involved. Another thought to keep in mind when using the Social Security Death Index is that the zip codes shown are those that… [more]

Social Security Death Index Part 2

November 27th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

When searching the Social Security Death Index you can search b y date of birth and date of death as well as where a person lived and applied for their social security number. This is often times where the office that issued the Social Security number was located. You can also search using the residence at time of death which is the address of record but not necessarily where they lived or died and finally where the burial allowance or death benefit was sent. According to the Social Security Administration a Social Security Number is composed of three parts totally nine digits. The first three digits is called the area number, the second set of two digits is called the group… [more]

Social Security Death Index Part 1

November 24th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

President Franklin Roosevelt said in a radio address on the third anniversary of the social security act on August 14, 1938 “"Long before the economic blight of the depression descended on the Nation, millions of our people were living in wastelands of want and fear. Men and women too old and infirm to work either depended on those who had but little to share, or spent their remaining years within the walls of a poorhouse. The Social Security Act offers to all our citizens a workable and working method of meeting urgent present needs and of forestalling future need”. Some of you may or may not realize this but the first Social Security card was issued December 1, 1936 and on January 1, 1937… [more]

Obtaining A Copy of Your Relinquishment Papers

November 15th, 2006
Categories: Documents

The natural mothers reading may be wondering how they can obtain a copy of their relinquishment papers. One place that these papers can be obtained through is the attorney who handled the adoption or the state. To be more specific the county were the adoption took place. Both of these resources should also have a copy o f the adoption petition and will more than likely all be a part of the sealed adoption file. If you are the natural mother requesting a copy of your relinquishment papers there is no reason that you can’t have them. You might be told that they can’t be located or whatever other excuse but they are yours and you have a right to obtain a… [more]

Natural Parent Authorization in OH

November 6th, 2006
Categories: Documents

In OH a natural parent or sibling can file an authorization form that gives permission for their identify to be released to the adoptee. if the adoption was finalized between January 1, 1964 – September 18, 1996 the form can be completed at any time. For adoptions after September 18, 1996 the natural parent can sign the disclosure statement when relinquishing the child to adoption. In order to file an authorization form, you need to obtain a copy of the appropriate form. There is one for natural parents and a separate one for siblings. Both of these forms can be obtained by visiting http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/legalinfo/adoptfnl.aspx In addition, one natural parent can not authorize the release of identifying information for the other… [more]

Searching in OH

November 6th, 2006
Categories: Documents, Documents

If you were born in OH you may be able to access copies of certain documents in your adoption file. To be specific, section 3107.38 of the Ohio Revised Code provides that an adopted person whose birth occurred in OH and whose adoption was finalized prior to January 1, 1964 may request in writing to receive copies of the contents of an adoption file. In order to request these documents you must complete a form called “affidavit for adopted person”. This form can be obtained at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/legalinfo/adoptpri.aspx In addition, two forms of identification and a $20 fee that became effective October 25, 1996 is required to be attached to the request. This fee should be made payable to Treasury, State… [more]

Filing Contact Preference in New Hampshire

November 1st, 2006
Categories: Documents

New Hampshire state laws provides a provision that provides natural parents an opportunity to file a form with Vital Records stating their preference about personal contact with the child they relinquished to adoption. When received by the state, this form is placed in the adoptee’s sealed record and provided to the adoptee when the records are requested and released. If a natural parent wants contact he or she should complete a “contact preference form” and mail it to the NH Division of Vital Records. The address is on the form and the form can be obtained by clicking on the link at the bottom to the page a the following link: http://www.sos.nh.gov/vitalrecords/Preadoption%20birth%20records.html If a natural parent does not want contact an “updated… [more]