Searching for Birth Relatives

Date: May 2018
Searching for Birth Relatives

Series Title: Factsheets for Families

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2018

File Size: 342 KB

This factsheet 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 and 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 different types of searches and issues that might arise during searching. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2018). Searching for birth relatives. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.

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