True, looking for a person could prove to be very challenging. However, with the kinds of technology available nowadays, there is so much more reason to be hopeful. Here are some of the best ideas to help you find a person that was put up for adoption:
- Check out the Adoption Reunion Registry. This is a website where you could register your search for a particular person who was put up for adoption. If the person you are looking for already has an account in the registry, you could search for him by name, birthdate, state, and agency. There are many other adoption registries you could search in, including state government-run registries and others run by private institutions.
- Know the laws. Laws regarding information disclosure vary per state. For example, some states give information regarding the birth families and/ or adoptive parents to interested parties upon their request; this is not done in other states. If it is the adoptee that wants information about his birth parents, he will usually need to be 18 before he can get access to such info. Consult your state adoption registry to find out the amount of information that you could obtain.
- Contact the adoption agency. Find out the name of the adoption agency that facilitated the adoption of the person you are looking for. Contact them to inquire about the details of the adoption. Again, it will depend per state on how much information they can give you (it will also depend on how you’re related to the person), but it’s certainly worth a shot.
- Find out as much as you can about the person you are looking for. With the proliferation of social networking sites that are available nowadays, there is a chance that you just might run across the person you are looking for through one of them. This is especially true if the person you are searching for is already an adult who was put up for adoption a long time ago. To best facilitate your search, you could research about the schools that he went to, the jobs that he held, etc. The more info you know about him, the better you’d be able to narrow your search.
- Consider hiring a private investigator. A private investigator can help you because he can resourcefully gain access to information you might not be able to obtain easily, such as police records and state records. He’d also be able to facilitate the search full-time. Because this option can be considerably costly, with hourly rates ranging from about $50 to $80, you may want to try this out only as a last resort.
Finding a person that was put up for adoption may take a lot of time and
effort, but the truth of the matter is, it’s certainly highly doable
thanks to the amount of information that we have right at our
fingertips. Expect to do lots of coordination and phone calls, and it
might help if you’d be working with a team of friends to make your
search more efficient. Good luck!