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Searching for Birth Relatives
Provides guidance to adopted persons and birth families on the search process and information access, as well as resources for further help in conducting a successful search. This factsheet is designed to address the concerns of both adopted persons who are searching for birth parents or other birth relatives, as well as birth parents (both mothers and fathers) who want to locate a child who was adopted. While not a complete "how to" guide to searching, this factsheet provides information on the decision to search, steps in the search process, hiring a professional searcher, international searching, using social media to search, and reunion issues.
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). Searching for birth relatives. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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