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Looking for your birthparents? Curious if you have siblings? Have you always wanted the opportunity to thank your birthparents and let them know what your life is like today? Call us now for a FREE Consultation!
OUR APPROACH - Every Journey is a Unique Adventure
Decades ago, things were different and most birthparents never dreamed they'd be found. However, largely due to the Internet and advanced technology involving DNA, things have vastly changed. Out of respect for your birthparent(s) and to help ensure your smooth introduction, we do not recommend making that first cold call yourself. This is a huge milestone in your life that requires the utmost sensitivity and respect from both sides. Because there are no second chances when it comes to first impressions, trust our experts to take the lead and help you put your best foot forward!
Once our experts locate your birthparent(s) or adopted son or daughter, they will talk with you one-on-one to discuss the next steps. We will then reach out to the other side with only your best interest in mind. There is no cookie-cutter method for how "the phone call" will play out, but we've been making these calls for 26 years and our track record for reunions is unsurpassed.
Every Journey is a unique adventure and there are lots of discoveries to be made along the way! In the midst of your journey, our team will do their best to unearth interesting artifacts about your birth family, including pictures, newspaper articles, ancient records and other memorabilia. We will also build you an Original Birth Family Tree.
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WHAT IF MY BIRTHPARENT(S) DON'T WANT TO MEET ME OR THEY ARE DECEASED?
Unfortunately, not everyone's story will have a fairy tale ending and for some, that ending may even be tragic. This sort of uncertainty is expected when venturing into the unknown, which is why you must leave your expectations behind. Your birthparent(s) or adopted son or daughter may not be interested in meeting you at this time, or they may have passed away. If the latter is the case, we will do our best to find the cause of death and reach the next of kin. If it's the former and the target of your search does not wish to be reunited, then he or she will be given the option to provide your adoption investigator with information of interest to you, such as medical history, heritage, family history and even some interesting stories and pictures. Please note that your birthparents by law are not obligated to share any information with you, but every attempt will be made on your behalf to collect information for you on a voluntary basis.
WHO IS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK? (SAFETY CONCERNS)
Don't make that cold call yourself! As professional mediators, we will step in as the buffer so things go smoothly and your entrance into your birth family's lives is a memorable one. When you decide it's time to meet your birthparents, siblings, or a child you placed for adoption, first impressions are everything. Don't make the mistake of turning this life-changing event into one that you choose to forget.
Why shouldn't I call my birthmother myself? Most of us enjoy surprises, but this is not the time! Your birthmother may be in the company of her husband or other children and they may not know about you (yet), so let's be fair! If you catch someone off guard, they are more likely to say something they will regret.
Why should I do a DNA test? If you do not know the last name of your birthparent(s) or you do not know their original state of birth, this is a great way to find common surnames and geographical locations for where your original family is from. It will also identify people who share your DNA. All these clues will lead us closer to finding your birthparent(s).
I live in an open-record state, so why do I need your services? If your original birth record is available in the state you where you were born, then by all means request it! Start by Googling the name of your birthparents(s) and don't forget to check social media, such as Facebook. If you still can't find who you are looking for, then call us for a free consultation! Your birthmother may have chosen to use an assumed name, or you may have trouble finding her under her maiden name. If so, we can help!
What information do I need to start my search? Ask your parents if they know any details about your birthparents. Also check with the adoption agency who handled your adoption to see if there is any non-identifying information available to you. This may include info about your birthparents and/or the circumstances of your adoption. If nothing is available, then check with the Dept of Social Services in your county/state of birth. You can also take a DNA test (we recommend Ancestry DNA).
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