The desire to search for birth relatives is a normal part of the identity formation process for adopted people. This section provides information for adoptive parents on why adopted people search, how to support adopted people who are searching, and how to start a search, including State and local examples.
Adoption Search: How to Find Your Birth Family
Discusses how to conduct an adoption search including a step-by-step guide and links to additional resources.
Adoption Searches: Ten Easy Steps to Take
Adoption & Birth Mothers (2016)
Provides advice and information on steps to take when starting a birth family search, including the use of online resources.
Ask AF: Finding Birth Family on Facebook
Adoptive Families Magazine
Provides information on considering contacting birth family through Facebook and suggestions on how to approach contacting birth relatives on social media. Adoptive Families magazine offers limited, free page views.
CW360: A Comprehensive Look at a Prevalent Child Welfare Issue: Child Welfare and Technology (PDF - 15,831 KB)
University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2011)
Explores how the field of child welfare develops, utilizes, and evaluates its interaction with technology. Includes articles on topics such as "Finding Family on Facebook" and "Social Networking and Adoption."
From Face-to-Face to Facebook: The Role of Technology and Social Media in Adoptive Family Relationships with Birth Family Members
Black, Moyer, & Goldberg (2016)
Adoption Quarterly, 19(4)
Discusses how new technology and social media have changed when, how, and how much adoptive and birth families communicate. Learn about questions this raises around boundaries and contact.
Safety With Social Media
Includes basic safety measures to take when creating an online profile as well as tips on how to control privacy and information access.
Learn about Search Angels, a volunteer organization that helps with online searches related to adoption and can assist with finding birth families or records.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Seeking Birth Parents After an Adoption
Discusses the process of locating birth families and provides advice on handling the search.