Adoption Search and Reunion Organizations
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Includes organizations that provide information about searching for birth relatives. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at: OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov.
Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
Adoption History Project (The)
University of Oregon
Department of History
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1288
Phone: (541) 346-3118
The Adoption History Project website introduces the history of child adoption in the United States by profiling people, organizations, topics, and studies that shaped adoption during the twentieth century. It is also intended for students and teachers interested in social welfare, the human sciences, and the history of children and families in the modern United States.
The website was created and is maintained the Department of History at the University of Oregon. It was based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0094318.
American Adoption Congress
1030 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 483-3399
Phone: (800) 888-7970
The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an international network of individuals and organizations committed to honesty and openness in adoption and to reforms that protect all of those involved from abuse or exploitation. Membership is open to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, professionals, and all others who share a commitment to the AAC's goals.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
330 C Street, S.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
Toll-Free: (800) 394-3366
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.
Concerned United Birthparents
PO Box 703486
Dallas, Texas 75370
Phone: (800) 822-2777
Concerned United Birthparents, Inc. provides support for all family members separated by adoption; resources to help prevent unnecessary family separations; education about the life-long impact on all who are affected by adoption; and advocates for fair and ethical adoption laws, policies, and practices.
Find Families in Mexico
9450 Mira Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, California 92126
Phone: (760) 690-3995
Fax: (617) 608-2381
Find Families in Mexico specializes in helping agencies find parents and relatives, in Mexico and Central America, of children in foster care.
Find My Family Adoption Reunion Registry
The goal of this nonprofit nationwide adoption reunion registry is to help all adoptees and their birth family members including birth mother, birth father, and birth siblings locate each other and reunite through a free mutual consent search process.
International Soundex Reunion Registry
P.O. Box 371179
Las Vegas, Nevada 89137
Phone: (775) 882-7755
TTY: (888) 886-4777
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) is a nonprofit, humanitarian agency which serves and promotes, through the reunion registry, the interests of adults desiring and seeking a reunion with next-of-kin by birth. The Registry serves the needs of birth family members who have been separated by adoption, divorce, foster care, institutional care or abandonment. ISRR is not affiliated with any registry or other organization. ISRR is the largest free search registry in the world. This registry does not perform a search or provide search advice. Voluntary registration by adults desiring contact or reunion with their next of kin by birth is deemed legal consent for contact.
Midwest Adoption Center
2860 S. River Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
Phone: (847) 298-9096
Toll-Free: (800) 526-9022
Fax: (847) 298-9097
Midwest Adoption Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of services to children, adults, and families touched by foster care and adoption in Illinois, and the professionals that serve them. The Center's programs focus on helping each member of the adoption triad and address topics such as adoption search and reunion, adoption records, and referral to counselors and other professionals sensitive to adoption-related issues.
National Adoption Center
1500 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: (215) 735-9988
Toll-Free: (800) 862-3678
The National Adoption Center (NAC) expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children.
NAC provides links to specific resources for adoption professionals, prospective parents, adoptive families, and those seeking assistance with adoption search and reunion.
National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington Street
P.O. Box 322
Concordia, Kansas 66901
Phone: (785) 243-4471
The National Orphan Train Complex conducts research and compiles materials on the period from 1854 through 1930 during which more than 150,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children were relocated. The purpose of this website is to educate the American public about this chapter in American history and to provide resources for further research and information exchange.
Search Angels offers search and reunion information and assistance to adoptees and the adoption community. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves to know where they came from and who their ancestors were, skilled volunteers "Search Angels" provide support, advice, and help using traditional search and genetic genealogy for adoptees looking for their birth family.