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.
Open adoption resources and support.
- International Social Services
organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by international migration, including adoption.
COUNTRY-SPECIFIC SEARCH RESOURCES
- Holt International Children's Services Search Resources
Information about how Holt can help you search in children's birth countries, including in Korea, Vietnam, and the Phillipines.
- Opening a Russian Adoption
Tips from an adoptive mother for those considering opening the adoption.
- Guatemala Birth Families List
Focused on adoptive families of Guatemalan children and/or the children who search for their birth family.
- Cambodia Birthparents Search List
Support and search ideas for parents of children from Cambodia.
- Colombia Adoptee Search and Support
For Colombian adoptees and those connected to Colombian adoption: adoptive parent, siblings, spouses, extended family, birthparents.
- Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Families (KAAN) Network
Advice and resources for searching for birth families in Korea.
- International Adoption Search
Information about searching in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Moldova.
- Connected Indian Roots
For Indian Adoptees, adoptive parents, and their biological families.
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