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Searching for Birthfamilies Internationally

International adopters who search for their child's birth family are ushering in a new openness. Parents who've been there, however, say it's a decision that requires careful thought. On this page, find resources, support, and other information for starting your search.

Read AF's articles about searching for birthfamilies by Carrie Howard and Skila Brown.

SAMPLE LETTERS TO BIRTHPARENTS

  • Use these "Dear Birthmother" letters to write your own. If you decide to initiate contact with your child's birthparent in a foreign country, you can do so by writing a letter introducing yourself. One is indirect, leaving the door open for a response; the other is direct and provides more personal information. Either could be sent directly to a birthparent or through an intermediary, such as a hired searcher. Download the direct letter or the indirect letter.

 

RESOURCES FOR SEARCHING

  • Birthparent Contact List
    For those contemplating contacting their child's birth parents or birthfamily or who have already established contact.
  • Open International Families List
    For people who have tried (whether successful or not) or are trying to secure an open international adoption.

  • Insight
    Open adoption resources and support.
  • International Social Services
    A non-governmental organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by international migration, including adoption.

 

COUNTRY-SPECIFIC SEARCH RESOURCES

 

SEARCHING FOR SIBLINGS

  • Sister Far
    Only for parents of internationally adopted children who have found (or suspect that they have found) a biological sibling or twin.
  • Guatemala Adopt Sibling Registry
    A database for adoptive families of Guatemala-born children to use to search for biological siblings who may also have been adopted.
  • Sibling Registry & Birth Family Information
    Sibling registries for Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, and Guatemala.
  • Raising China Children
    This Yahoo support group has multiple resources for searching for siblings.
  • Honduras Siblings Bulletin Board
    For families who have adopted from Honduras.
  • Save Orphaned Siblings
    A non-profit organization working with U.S. and international governments to ensure that parents adopting children from abroad are informed about their adopted children's siblings.

 

PAID SEARCHERS AND TRANSLATORS

 

Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and other former Soviet countries

China

Colombia

El Salvador

 


 

 
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