Adoption Records and Research
The search for adoption records remains one of the thorniest and emotional quests for any researcher. While most requests center on an adopted child searching for their birth parents, research can take many forms, including birth parents searching for an adopted child, or siblings searching for each other.
Until the last quarter of the 20th century the mere mention of adoption carried a stigma for many, and researchers were discouraged and hindered in their investigations. However, in the past two decades, that stigma has all but vanished, and numerous support groups now exist in every state. Unfortunately, the political and bureaucratic jungle has not responded as quickly to popular demand, and record accessibility requirements still vary widely from state to state. Some states, such as Alaska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon and California, lead the way in the ease of adoption research.
We hope you will find the following links helpful in your research. We wish to thank Lois Wight and Jan Cottrell of Search Finders of Idaho for much of this information. As always, if you have need for assistance, feel free to contact us.
The Adoption History Project an on-going project of the History Department at the University or Oregon.
All About Adoption Research an article by Maureen Taylor
Independent Search Consultants consist of individuals trained and certified for adoption research in specific states. Independent Search Consultants does not set fees for independent consultants; each consultant sets his or her own fees, in accordance with the projected difficulty of the case.
Welfare Information Gateway
Adoption Congress provides search guidance and a
Checklist for Beginner's as well as local support
groups around the country for birth parents, adoptees,
and adoptive parents.
Adoption.com advertises itself as the largest adoption site on the Internet, with guides on Pregnancy, Adoption, Parenting, and Reuniting.
Adoption Week E-Magazine the world's largest adoption publication with 277,580 recipients weekly. Each issue contains adoption news, articles, poetry, product reviews & specials, a waiting child, an inspirational thought, recent adoption forum discussions, humor and upcoming events.
AnyWho Online Directory is an Internet Directory Assistance containing Yellow Pages, White Pages, Toll-Free Numbers, Maps and Directions
BirthQuest is an international organization with over 9,000 registrations on their searchable database of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and siblings. (A registration donation is requested.)
Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) is a national organization whose focus is on birthparents, but they also welcome adoptees, adoptive parents, and professionals.
Courts with jurisdiction over adoption vary by state; circuit (11), district (8), probate (8), superior (7), family (5), or juvenile (3) court.
Cyndi's List contains links to adoption related sites on the internet.
Idaho Adoption Research and Resources A list of links and resources to utilize when searching for Idaho adoption records.
Orphanages: An American Local History Network Project
Poorhouses provides a clearinghouse for information pertaining to 19th century poorhouses.
RegDay is an annual event to increase public awareness of the International Soundex Reunion Registry, better known as ISRR, dedicated to reuniting adult family members separated by adoption, divorce, or other dislocation.
International SOUNDEX Reunion
Registry a free service that matches data on
adopted children with data on biological parents who
have given up a child for adoption. Call for
registration form. The registry will contact you if
the computer turns up a match.
Search Systems is a directory of links to free public record databases on the Internet. Find business information, corporate filings, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, and much more. Most of the links are free, but there are some pay services.
Vital Records contains information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on costs and how to order records.
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