Adoption does not necessarily end all ties with biological parents. If you were adopted, you may want to locate your birth mother for medical reasons or to know more about who you are and where you came from.Continue Reading
You have to decide whether your adoptive parents are open to talking about this issue. An adoptive mother may be uncomfortable with a child's desire to find a biological parent if it makes her feel as if she is being rejected. She may also be afraid that your search will open you up to hurt if your biological mother rejects you or if there is some embarrassing history behind your adoption. If your adoptive parent is willing to discuss the issue, she may have your original birth certificate or even know one or both of your biological parents.
Even if your adoption was closed so that the records have been sealed by the state, you should be able to get information that does not directly identify your birth mother. You can also leave a letter with the agency asking the agency to give your birth mother your contact information if she asks. You may find that your birth mother has given the agency her contact information with instructions to release it to you if you ask.
In states with open adoption laws, if you are 18 or older and were not adopted before these laws took effect, you can request a copy of your original birth certificate from the state agency maintaining these records. The original birth certificate should have your birth mother's name on it.
Some states have adoption reunification registries. If you register with one and your birth mother is also registered or signs up later, you will be notified.
If you know the state and county of your birth, the name of the hospital at which you were born and the date and time of your birth, you may be able to search the county courthouse's file of birth certificates to find one matching the facts you have.
If you know your birth mother's name and have a good idea of her age, you may be able to locate her using an on-line address search. You may have to pay for the service.
To find your birth mother, you will need to know the name of your adoption agency, your birth mother's name and age, your birth date, the name of the county you were born in, and the name of the hospital you were born in. Some of this information is public record, but you might need help gathering all of the information you need.Full Answer >
According to the advocacy group Children's Rights, the amount paid to foster parents by the state depends on a number of factors, including the age and health of the child and the state in which the foster parent resides. Foster parents are generally paid a daily rate that is intended to cover room, board, food and other expenses.Full Answer >
The most affordable form of adoption is to adopt an older child through a public foster care program; parents can also adopt infants through foster care, although this can be more expensive than adopting an older child. In some cases, it costs nothing to adopt an older child through foster care, while private adoption agencies often charge thousands of dollars for their services.Full Answer >
One of the most emotionally difficult ways to find out if a child is adopted is to ask the guardians or parents. Individuals of legal age may obtain their birth or adoption records from their states' human services departments. A DNA test is a common way to find out if one is adopted.Full Answer >