Adoption Search – An American Phenomena?

May 11th, 2007

Do you believe that only Americans search for lost birth parents or relinquished children? Adoption search is not only a growing practice in the United States, but world-wide. A new twist here -this website was created by not a birth parent, but a man who lived with a birth mother for many years. He began this site after reading about a birth mother who was looking for her child and finding no South African search sites. His site offers information for those searching with connections to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and other African countries. Hmmm, isn't Namibia where Angelina gave birth to her biological child? Here a segment of a radio show called "Let's Talk Adoption" about

Searching in Canada

April 19th, 2007

Just as adoption laws differ in the U.S. from state to state, in Canada laws are different from province to province. There have been some changes and/or proposed changes in Canada the past few years in some provinces which allow more access to records. This link lists the provinces and resources specific to each province. The link above came from the website of Links Post-Legal Adoption Support Group which offers a wealth of varied information about searching in Canada. Canada: Search Information and Support has a long and complete list of links to aid in a Canadian search. Provided at this link are search handbooks specifically geared for Canadian searches, information on adoption laws in Canada and searchable… [more]

Focus on Korea – Adoption Search and Reunion

April 17th, 2007
Categories: International, Korean

Korean Focus is a new site that I just discovered that looks promising. An interesting note is that the group includes not solely triad members, but also others interested in all things Korean. Korean Focus of Metro DC offers information and support to families interested in Korean culture and the Korean American community.....Our members and friends include adoptive families, adopted Korean Americans, and Korean American families. On this site, I noticed a request for Asian bone marrow. I have not seen such a request on an adoption site previously, although as I mentioned, this site is not exclusively for Korean triad members. This section of the Korean Focus site is for Korean adoptees and provides many interesting links on a variety… [more]

International Search

April 4th, 2007

Adoptees adopted outside the United States or internationally face different challenges in searching for their birth parents. Each country has its own laws governing the information and access to it. In addition the record keeping practices vary across the countries and cultures and you may find that no information has been ever recorded or that records were misplaced or that cultural practices placed no emphasis on accurate record keeping. However, I have a theory that it may actually be easier to gain access to an original birth certificate in a foreign country than it is in the United States since some countries do not seal their vital records. I am not well versed in international adoption search but I felt that it should… [more]

“Finding the Birth Mother”

March 1st, 2007

Susi is an educated, bilingual Guatemalan hired by adoptive parents who wish to locate their Guatemalan children's birth mothers.... Occasionally she will set up meetings between the two families. But most often she'll travel throughout Guatemala, often deep into the countryside, to knock on the door of a woman who hasn't received news of a child she placed for adoption years before. This interview caught my eye. It is an interview between a Guatemalean searcher and an adoptive parent. The searcher says that she has conducted 193 searches and of those, 160 of them have been successful. One point that was mentioned by the searcher is that she believes that it helps a birth mother to heal to be found and… [more]

International Adoption Search Part 4

February 15th, 2007
Categories: International

You will want to contact the agency that facilitated the adoption and inquire if they assist in searching. The agency is also likely to have names and addresses of overseas contacts. Depending on the response from the agency, the next step would be to make a personal connection with someone in the birth country. I think we will all agree that adoption is a lifelong process and for many triad members that process includes the desire to search. This is normal as is that response that the remainder of the triad members have which are those who never have the longing to search. The difference in reactions has nothing to do with individual situations or the experience but rather the… [more]

International Adoption Search Part 1

February 13th, 2007

Every triad members has their own personal and unique adoption story. That story is part of who they are as they move from childhood, through adolescence to adulthood. It is important for an adoptee to come to their own peace with how adoption fits into their lives and find a comfortable balance. For international adoptees, their story began in another country and culture and includes issues of race, ethnicity and heritage. An international adoption search requires working with a different country, language, laws, and culture. One of the greatest challenges may be understanding the cultural context and nuances. It is my opinion that the countries currently most pursed by an adoptee are South Korea. My thought process here is this… [more]

Germany Born Adoptees Searching

October 30th, 2006

Countless numbers of children born in Germany between 1945 and 1985 were placed for adoption. Just like the United States, in many cases German born adoptees and the natural parents are interested in contacting each other. The first step in locating and contacting your German Natural mother or siblings is to request original German birth documentation. You can do this by writing to the “STANDESAMT” for the city in which you were born in Germany. When you write your letter, you want to provide as much information as possible and request a “copy of your birth entry in the birth book”. In German that is called "beglaubigte Abschrift des Geburtenbucheintrages". is a website founded by Angela Shelley with a database that helps… [more]

International Searches

April 6th, 2006

While I was researching a different aspect of search and reunion recently, I came across some information about international searching. Holt International, an agency that has been around for over 50 years, has large section regarding search and reunion. Holt Post-Adoption Services Not only do they initiate searches, but, they provide information about many factors involved in international searches. Several well-written articles pertain to international searching. Various articles discuss such topics as which countries are most popular for searches, and the hardships/barriers that international searches create. The site also provides a different set of FAQ for Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese birth parents and adoptees. They also discuss the success rates in international searches. As might be expected, the success rates for international searches are not… [more]

Deciding to Search Internationally and Domestic

March 24th, 2006

Ultimately, the choice to search, and the avenue you choose to search, is an individual decision. The choice is yours and it belongs to you. When you are in the decision making phase, I think it is very important to consider motivations, objectives, time frames, resources, and boundaries prior to beginning a physical search process whether it be domestically or internationally. Think about how search may change your present relationships. Try not to base your decision on the thoughts and feelings of others but rather know with clarity that the desire to search or not is truly deeply felt. Reach deep down into your soul and know that your decision isn’t based on what your adoptive parents or others may want… [more]