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How do adopted children find their birth parents?

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Answered 2010-08-12 09:02:28

One of the best ways to do this is to file a "Petition to Break the Seal of Adoption." Once the legal seal is broken (the fee to do this yourself - known as "Pro Se" in the legal world - is around $100) you can then get a copy of your original birth certificate with your birth parents names. There will be a fee for that also, usually about $50. You will need to contact the courthouse where you were adopted (search for Family court, not criminal court - they are in different buildings in most states). Once you have the names of your birth parents, you can begin searching for them. If you are fortunate to live (be adopted in) the states of Kansas or Alaska, then there is no seal, so it is easier to get the original birth certificate. Most of the paperwork you have to file requires you to be the adopted person yourself. Unless you are an attorney, you can almost never do this for someone else. Lawyers usually charge anywhere from $2000 and up. So it probably is a good idea to do a lot of research and go "Pro Se." As I write this I am working on it myself. You probably have to be at least 18 years old. Also the paperwork and laws vary greatly - not just from state to state - but also because of the year you were adopted. Ask the Family court what forms you need and what fees and payment are required, and get them notarized. Some require you to put down a reason. The most common are to check for medical history or to establish contact. I would go with the "medical history" reason because it sounds more official, and who knows - you may actually find some medical information that could come in handy. I hope it works out for you. - Bruce S.

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Why do adopted children search for their birth parents?

They feel like they need to find them in order to feel like they belong again.

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If a child is older they know if they were adopted but the ones who are adopted as babies, and therefor have pictures, might never find out unless the parents tell or their parents or siblings try to find them.

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Can adopted kids legally know who their birth parents are?

I would say legally, they could find out from you or government, but I don't think you are required to tell an adopted child who their true parents are...

How many adopted children look for birth parents?

Everyone is curious and wants to know about, How they were adopted. And you have to let them know. It is not safe or healthy for you to keep there life a secret. Most kids who have seen there biological parents are okay and don't look for them, but those who don't know are more likely to try to find there parents.

Should Adopted Children find out about their Birth Parents?

Yes/No Situation. It's something an individual will want to know, to complete them. Without knowing, there will be an empty hole - a missing piece to the puzzle of you. On the other hand, your birth parents didnt want you, they left you. Does that not hurt? Why would you want to find them and interfere with your happy life?

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I'm trying to find where your ancestors came from but your grandpa was adopted is there a way you can find his birth-mother?

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How can you communicate with your birth parents if you are adopted?

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How can you go about posting a message to find your birth parents?

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