How to find biological parents

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How to find biological parents
Find Biological Parents

The search for biological parents is an emotional journey for all who are involved. A person might seek biological parents to find out genetic information, pin point ethnicity, for medical history or shear curiosity. Regardless of reason, learn how to find your biological parents.

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    Understand that the search for biological parents is difficult emotionally, psychologically and possibly physically. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your adoption and the support you have from family and friends, locating biological parents is a challenge.

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    Find out the names of your biological parents. Locate your birth certificate to see if your biological parents are listed. Contact the hospital where you were born for any information they can offer. Speak with the adoption agency that handled your case. If the case worker is still there, she may be able to offer details of the adoption. Talk with your adoptive parents. If they are open to the idea of finding your biological parents, they can furnish information.

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    Contact the government at the local, state and federal levels. Ask for an original certificate of birth (before the adoptive parent names were added), the petition of adoption and the adoption decree. These documents could have the names of your biological parents.

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    Ask the adoption agency to give you non-identifying information about your biological parents that you can use to find them. Non-identifying information may include: medical history, ethnicity, religious background, education, professional life and physical attributes. This information, coupled with the names of your biological parents can narrow down the people who could be your parents.

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    Locate support groups for adoptees. People in your similar situation might have good tips for locating biological parents.

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    Search your state adoption registry. This searchable information might list the names of your biological parents and other relevant information. Add yourself to the list in case your biological parents are searching for you.

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