’s Reunion Registry Hits 400,000!

December 23rd, 2010

400,'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 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 Registry users are adoptees searching for a birth parent or a birth sibling.'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. reaches out and supports all those searching for family members… [more]

How to Use Reunion Registries

May 30th, 2007
Categories: How to..., Registries

Adoption reunion registries can sometimes match people quickly. However, most registries are mutual consent registries and only work when both parties sign up. Many people are not aware of these registries which cuts down on the probability that they will result in a match. However, with the popularity of the Internet, I believe that more people find their way to registries every day.'s registry currently has over 300,000 people registered. Below are some points to regarding the use of an adoption registry: 1. Many people who use adoption registries cannot completely fill out forms required to sign up because they may not know the information. People who manage the registries understand that this is the case. Don't worry if… [more]

Adoption Search Series – Step by Step – Part 4

February 16th, 2007

Step Four is to sign up with free registries. The most highly recommended registries to begin with are: 1.International Soundex Reunion Registry (aka Soundex) is one of the most popular free international registries. It also is highly publicized and has an impeccable reputation for quick matches and honesty. 2. - The registry at (a division of also well known and successful. They have a high success rate of matches as well 3. Adoption Database This registry is recommended by a searcher/birth mom that I know and trust well. There are also many state specific registries which should be used. However, you should note that these registries have low success rates. That does not mean that she should not sign up… [more]

State Reunion Registries

February 2nd, 2007
Categories: Registries

I am not a big fan of state run adoption registries. They often times lack funding, advertising, promotion, funding, and I could go on and on. Not all states have a reunion registry but below is the states that do and how to contact each. Arkansas - State Adoption Department at: Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services: Adoption Services, P.O. Box 1437 slot #808, Little Rock, AR 72203. (501) 682-8345 Colorado - Voluntary Adoption Registry, 4210 E. 11th Ave., Denver, CO 80220. (303) 320-8333 Connecticut - Department of Children and Youth Services: Adoption Resources Exchange, Undercliff Road Building #2, Meriden, CT 06450. (203) 238-6640 Florida - Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services, Family and Child Services, 1317 Winewood Blvd… [more] Registry

October 16th, 2006
Categories: Registries

The following are new registrations submitted and confirmed at . If you registered during the last week and don't see your registration listed here, it's because you have not yet confirmed your email address. The "0" or "UN" entries indicate information not filled in on the form. To search the registry, and to view complete information provided on each registration go to and select the link to navigate the registry. On the page that comes up you can use the form to search for the adoptee's birth date or you can browse by year. You can also search for text strings, such as a known name or place, by using the site search engine at (scroll down the page to "site search… [more]

Coalition for Adoption Registry Ethics

August 28th, 2006
Categories: Registries

The Coalition for Adoption Registry Ethics (CARE) was created because of the need for standardization of policies and procedures of online reunion registries. They are concerned with the practices of some online reunion registries, such as selling information that was previously promised to be confidential. The situation above is just one example of a exploitation of the online search community. CARE’s goal is to provide a way for the online searching adoption community to safely search for birth relatives online without being exploited for profit. The CARE board consists of several board members that are well known in the adoption community such as Ann Babb, Shea Grimm, and Damsel Plum to name a few. Ann Babb is the author of “Ethics in American Adoption”… [more]

Registries – Part 3

July 20th, 2006
Categories: Registries

As I was reading AdoptionWeekly emagazine's current issue recently, I noticed an article about another great registry for adoption searches. Reunions Mean Success for Longtime Carson City Nonprofit - Nevada Appeal After 31 years in the profession of matching lost family members, the small staff of this Carson City nonprofit agency have piles of thank-you letters and a database full of more than 200,000 active registrations. And they have their own stories of reunion and disappointment. International Soundex Reunion Registry ("ISRR") is one of the best publicized registries in adoption circles. Like the registry at (which is affiliated with, I do know of reunions which have resulted from their registry. One positive part about reunions which occur from reunion registries is… [more]

Registries – Part 2

July 19th, 2006
Categories: Registries

In part 1, I mentioned that my friend Kim sent me a link that she had found and wondered about. The link took me to the registry. I clicked it, gasped in amazement, and then quickly emailed Kim back. Her children's information was right there in front of my eyes - their birth mother had registered and wanted to contact them. I explained to Kim about the registry and two dates popped out on the registry. The first date was the date that the birth mom originally registered. It was very close to the time that Kim had an eery feeling that her children's birth mom was searching for them. The second date she updated her contact… [more]

Adoption Registries – Part 1

July 19th, 2006

Some time ago, I wrote a blog about state-run registries, and lamented about the fact that they rarely work. One of the major issues that makes the registries run by states produce neglible results is the lack of manpower and money to run the registry. The other factor is that state registries are not well publicized, so they may not be widely used. I believe I said previously that I have never met a single person who was reunited through their state's registry. However, has a registry that does work. Here's the registry. I know it works for several reasons. First, I have seen people thanking in their on-line Adoption Week e-magazine. Do you know about this e-magazine? Click… [more]

DNA and Genetics in Adoption Search

April 18th, 2006

It is a fact that humans are naturally curious about their origins. Sometimes it is not a case of curiosity but rather the need to know their origins for medical reasons. DNA and genetic testing may be an avenue you may want to travel to help solve the adoption obstacles. Genetic testing may help solve the mysteries of the past. For years I had searched for my birth father. My first personal experience with DNA was two or three years after finding my natural family. My sister’s father, had admitted that there was a possibility that he could be my natural father. He was not sure and agreed to do DNA testing to find out for sure. We had our… [more]