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Birth Parent Adoptee Adoptive Parent

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Starting Your Search

Origins encourages you to begin your search by doing as much as you can yourself, and offers helpful advice and support during the process.

  • Collect all the factual information that you can. This would include the birth certificate, court of jurisdiction, hospital of birth, agencies, dates, times, attorneys, birth names, non-identifying information, etc.
  • Early in your search, write a letter to the person you're searching for, as well as a brief autobiography to give them. This can help you sort out your own motives for searching and expectations for the reunion.
  • Begin to gather some photos of yourself at various ages. You can use a color copier instead of having reprints made. Photos are a welcome gift once contact has been made. They help bring reality to the situation, and put a face on previously impersonal data.

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