7 Sep
2009
3 Ways to Find Birth Parents without Full Adoption Records

Many adopted children decide every day to set out to find birth parents. Unfortunately, a complication for many adopted children is sealed adoption records.

For any number of reasons, a birth parent may choose to have adoption records sealed, thus making it difficult for them to ever be found. However, with easily accessible resources available today, it is easier than every to find birth parents, even without full adoption records.

  1. One way to find birth parents is with a birth date search. If you know the birth date of even one parent, you can combine that with the year and city in which you were adopted to begin to narrow your search.
  2. Secondly, a marriage record search can also be a huge help to find birth parents. A marriage record could reveal location and any name changes that may have occurred.
  3. Divorce records are also publicly available as well. Again, this can help to indicate name changes or possible current addresses as well.

For many adopted children, the mystery of not knowing where they came from is almost unbearable. It is for this reason that many set out to find birth parents, but the fact of the matter is that most fail. Sealed adoption records are simply too discouraging for those who are not aware that there are other options and avenues to follow up on as well.

If you are looking to help someone find birth parents or even find your own birth parents, stop wasting time with adoption records. Run one of the searches above to begin tracking down your birth parents on your own.

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6 Sep
2009
Why Records of Births and Deaths are Crucial to Adoption Searches

If you gave up a child for adoption or were adopted yourself, the question of your biological relatives has likely come up at one point or another. With many adoption records sealed, however, records of births and deaths can be your best friend in your search.

Searching for Birth, Death, and Adoption Records
For any number of reasons, a person may choose to have adoption records sealed. In these cases, neither party is aware of what became of the other.

Feelings change with time, however, or sometimes medical or other family history is needed, making location necessary. While it may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, records of births and deaths are an excellent first step towards narrowing your search.

How to Narrow Your Search for Birth Records
If you have a full name, a last name, or even just a city and year, you can begin your search through records of births and deaths to narrow down the potential possibilities by age, gender, location, and more. You can find out how many relatives you still have living, if you have any biological siblings, and, for birth parents, you can even find out if your child has any brothers or sisters.

Sealed adoption records makes connecting children and their birth parents extremely complicated. However, there is such a wealth of information available easily accessible births and deaths records that the adoption records can become almost unnecessary.

If you are determined to reconnect with your child or birth parents and are willing to do a little bit of legwork, start your search of births and deaths today.

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22 Aug
2009
Why Adoptees Face More Challenges with a Birth Certificate Search

For those who have been adopted, few things are as emotionally charged as starting a birth certificate search.  It was a common practice well into the 1970s to alter birth certificates of children placed in adoptive homes, to prevent them from successfully finding out their biological parents.  This practice has lead to more heartache than any other does in the adoption industry.

Adoption Birth Certificates and State Law
Each state has determined its own position on providing adoptees with their original, unaltered birth certificates.  Some feel that it is the right of the adoptee to know where they came from and whom they are.

Other states, for example New York, feel that they promised the mothers of the children confidentiality and that they must fulfill that promise.  As usual, people have been caught in the middle of an untenable situation.

If you are an adoptee and searching in a state that allows opening adoption records, you are very fortunate.  For others, the internet, adoption registries, and private investigators are all valuable resource.  Sometimes you can find a person who will search for you, free of charge because they feel strongly about the issue, but even that can be an iffy proposition.

Legal Options for Sealed Adoption Records
There are times when you can pressure a state to release your original birth certificate.  The original is kept, even as the amended version takes over as your “true” legal document.  To do so you will need to petition the court and provide a compelling argument for opening the files.  It is a hard process and often unsuccessful.

Process of Elimination for Your Birth Parent Search
Search for your original birth certificate with an online records retrieval database.  A birth certificate search is less straightforward this way, but non-identifying information provided by the adoptive agency may be enough to narrow your list of suspects.  I wish you the very best of luck.

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