Are you adopted? Are you a birth parent looking for your child? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then I am here to help you. If you are like me, you are trying to find biological family members, whether that be a mom, dad, brother, sister, or a child. The first step to take in your search is to get on a reunion registry. With the technology we have, it is much easier to find biological family members than it was over 50 years ago. In order to use a reunion registry, you need to find one. The best thing to do is to search for one in the state in which you were born.
Before you even get on a registry, however, you need to obtain your original birth certificate from the state from which you were born. Why? This information is critical to using a reunion registry. If you can get your original birth certificate, you will also want to get a non-state identification from that state. This can contain information that might help define your search. If you are refused your original birth certificate, you can get non-identifying information about your adoption. Once you have obtained these things, you will need to get registered. You will want to register on several because some are not very successful. When you get on the registry, you will do a search with the information you have. Enter as much information as you have on the person you are looking for. You will probably get several results. Scroll through the results to determine a match. You can then use that to contact the person to see if it is actually a match.
One thing to keep in mind when using a reunion registry is that you need to keep your profile updated as much as possible so that if someone were to contact you regarding a match, they would have the correct information to contact you. There are many registries out there, and they are all different in how to use them. These are general steps to take when using a reunion registry, but it is always a good idea to do your research and double-check your work.
I wish you the best in your search!
What Is a Reunion Registry?
In the adoption lexicon, you’ll hear the phrase reunion registry referred to quite a...