Adoption Search and Reunion has been an aspect of my investigations business for many years. Now I’m formalizing it with a dedicated website that makes it easier for adoptees and birth families to find me.
My adoption service locates and reunites adoptees, birthmothers, birthfathers, siblings, and all birth family members who have been separated by the adoption process or other types of family separation.
Adoption research is its own specialty because most state adoption records are sealed. There are few public records that provide clues to the birth parent names or the adoptee’s amended name. So how does one identify them?
California produced a statewide index that includes both the pre amended and post adoption birth names. This index significantly supplements the public California birth index with birth certificate file numbers. The counties and state Department of Social Services cross reference the two versions of the adoptee’s birth certificate with the assigned numbers. I’m able to match the birth family member names with the post adoption given name to identify and then locate adoptee or birth mother and birth father.
Even once one develops the names the search for that person can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Women change their names. So the investigator working for an adoptee searching for their birthmom has to update a name from the 1950’s, 1960’s or 1970’s (the most common years of birth of adoptees who are seeking to find their birth relatives now.) I have a dataset with full maiden names of the birth mothers. Genealogy resources, aggregated family history databases and local genealogical libraries help build the links. And genealogists in other locales own unique data collections and have experience searching regional records which can be critical to resolving a case.
Birth family or adoptive family clients usually want me to find the names and locate the parties, and also develop background on them prior to initiating reunion. Private investigators often hire me to develop the names and then they conduct their own research and effectuate the reunion.
I offer the California birth name search as a “no find – no fee” service. This is a standard practice with the handful of people who own this dataset. If a private investigator or adoption search company quotes a price of thousands of dollars for this lookup they don’t own the index.
Sometimes the adoptee knows their birth mother’s name. Combined with other personal background information supplied by the state social services or adoption agency, I am able to find birth parents and siblings of adoptees born in other states.