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How To Find Your Adopted Child

How To Find Adopted Child

Here is additional information on how to find your adopted child.  This post complements our previous article:  Find Adoptee | Search By Date Of Birth Of Child, which we strongly suggest you read first.

Your adopted child’s date of birth, along with just a bit more information about the adoption and the adopting parents may be all you need to find your adopted child.

Our OmniTrace researchers have a lot of experience working with birth mothers attempting to find their adopted child.  We understand how much stress you were under during your pregnancy up until your child was adopted.  There is, of course, a lot you may not recall.  So, you should make every attempt to interview anyone who knew you during that time period.

Of course we understand that anyone who had knowledge of the adoption may now be deceased, or perhaps no one you know has anything helpful to provide you.  But, just in case, attempt to speak with:

  • Your parents–if they helped you facilitate the adoption.
  • Other members of your family– if they have any knowledge (e.g.: aunt, uncle).
  • Friends of your parents to see if they were told anything–they may recall some small morsel about the adoption and your adopted child that might assist you.
  • Former neighbors of your parents during the time of your pregnancy– to see if they were told anything.  There is a chance that your parents shared some information about the adoption with them.  Make sure that you bring some pictures of yourself taken around the time of your pregnancy.  These may jar memories.
  • Your family physician and/or birth physician during the time of your pregnancy–if the family physician and/or birth physician is still alive, they may recall something about the adopting parents and/or circumstances surrounding the adoption.
  • Your family attorney during the time of your pregnancy– if an attorney handled the adoption, contact him/her for information.  If the attorney is deceased, he may have left his records with a partner or a family member that took over his practice.

Okay, so hopefully you have found someone to speak with who has information about the adoption.  Make sure you review and have all the facts at hand that you have developed to date.  Try to conduct your interview in person; you may obtain more details this way than by phone or letter.  There may be many small bits and pieces of information that they might have that they don’t realize are important.   Write a list of everything that you want to cover.  At the very minimum, you’ll want to ask:

  • What can you tell me about the adopting family?
  • Where were the adopting parents residing when the baby was born?
  • Do you recall the adopting parents names?
  • What were the ages the adoption parents?
  • Do you know if the adopting parents had any other children (adopted or natural)?
  • What was the educational background of the adopting parents?
  • What was the religion of the adopting parents?
  • When did the adopting parents pick up the baby?
  • Do you know if the adopting parents paid any of my medical bills?
  • Did you ever see the adopting parents?  If yes, can you describe them?
  • Can you recall any information about the birth physician?
  • Can you recall any information about the adoption agency?
  • Can you recall any information about the adoption attorney?
  • Do you recall the names of any social workers?
  • Was my child placed in foster care?
  • When was the adoption of my child finalized?
  • Did we receive a legal notice of adoption by mail or in a legal newspaper?
  • Was my birth child named at birth?
  • Do you recall what name the adopting parents gave to my birth child?
  • Did the adopting family ever try to make contact with me? Did they send any letters, photos, or mementos to my parents that were withheld from me?

Your interview may go in many directions.  You may be told something that surprises you, and you may forget to ask everything that you had planned.  So, be sure to cover all the questions that you have on your list. And, write everything down!

Shortly, we are going to post articles on:  (1) contacting the adoption agency (2) contacting the birth hospital and (3) we’ll address some secret methods that professional search companies like OmniTrace use to find an adopted child when you have reached a dead end and all seems hopeless.

Please post a comment if you have any questions.

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  1. Heather cook says:

    I’m looking for my aunt she was adopted when she was little theonly information i have is she was born donna hansbarger she was born May of 1967 my name is Heather cook if anybody has any information on her plz contact me

  2. Sylvia says:

    Hi, my name is Sylvia. I am looking for my nephew. He was adopted
    out by cps in Fayetteville,NC. in 1998. He was born at Cape Fear Valley
    Hospital in Fayetteville,NC. His birth name was Leevester Gadson. Born
    on 9/21/96. His nickname was ” fat jaws ” His birth parents names are:
    Leevester Gadson & Felicia Karen Campbell. He might be adopted to a
    family in Fayetteville,NC or Hope Mills,NC area. Anyone with any information
    please email me at

  3. Brian says:

    I am looking for my birth daughter. All I know is that she was born in november of 1970 in Arizona, her birth mother’s name is Mary Kay Hasse, and her given name is Tiffany.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Still searching for baby girl given up at birth.
    Name at birth Ramona , was born on 1-24-1963.
    Born in Wisconsin. Please contact me if you read this. I don’t want to disrupt your life just would love to know how you are doing and tell you the reason why I had to leave you go and for you to meet your siblings.

  5. Denisse Vasquez says:

    I am looking for a 7 year old little girl who was my currents baby sitter past foster child her name at the time was Mackenzie Champange Crayton ..

  6. calinda says:

    I have to girls one named ebony her sister imunique they were adopted ebony birthday jan27 her sister imunique with her they did live inlago land out there some where

  7. calinda says:

    I love my girls just wanna find them let them know who I am

  8. Marcia says:

    I am the birth mom of my daughter, Erin ? I don’t know her last name. I have called the adoption agency to find Erin, because she is now 19 yrs old. If anyone knows what else I can do, I would greatly appreciate the help.Y
    God Bless, marcia

  9. Saundra says:

    I am looking for my birth daughters. I just want to know if they’re OK,let them know that I love them very much & think of them everyday, Say I’m sorry & tell them what happened.

    Chantelle Renee’ (Reynolds) DOB: 11/25/1996, currently 17 yo, born in Poplar Bluff, MO. Taken by CPS 2003 & adopted June 2005.
    Savanah Jo (Spurlin) DOB: 12/12/1998, currently 15 yo, born in Lafayette, IN. Taken by CPS 2003 & adopted June 2005. Cheyenne Renee’ Jo (Cornell) DOB: 09/01/2005, currently 8 yo, born in Lafayette, IN. Taken by CPS September 2005 & adopted in 2006.
    I know all 3 daughters were adopted by the same family. I was told that the adopted family has 1 natural child (a son). I was told that adopted family lived on a farm or out in the country near Madison, IN.
    Thank you,

  10. Lou-Anne says:

    Hello I am looking for my parents, I was born in Denver colorado, her name might be Heather Davis, It was born 17 years ago, 10th of december 1996.

    Please contact me if you wish

    lots of love


  11. Miranda Pillay says:

    I’m looking for my niece, born 27th April 1996, in Joburg Gen. My siters name is Pam pillay, DOB 01/08/1976. She was adopted through the joburg child welfare. Any information will be highly appreciated!

  12. Cindy Smith says:

    I’m looking for my niece she was born October 14 1987 & I believe she was adopted out in 1988.Her birth name was Desiree Angelica Gay.I have been looking for her since then haven’t had any luck please if anybody can help please feel free to contact me.

  13. Suzanna says:

    I am in search of three children Ashely Nichile Porter born September 4th 1989 adopted in 1995.
    Philip Edward Porter 3rd born July 26, 1992 adopted 1995
    Joshua David Porter born October 19th 1994 adopted 1995
    Biological parents Suzanna Gay Porter born October 1 1962
    Philip Edward Porter 2nd born 1964. They were taken from me while I was in prison and my husband was suspected of child sexual abuse. I divorced him and fought tooth and nail to get my children out of the clutches of no avail.

    • Suzanna says:

      They were all born in Las Vegas Nevada and were adopted out by DCFS Valarie Ateyiah was the case worker

  14. katrina says:

    I am looking for my brother. He was born on the 9th of June in 1982 to a Laura J Townson.he has a brother n sister on this side of hi family. If you know anything please contact

  15. Katrina H. says:

    I am looking for my niece born January 9th, 2002. Her legal name is Shyanne Evette Morton but I think she had her name changed and has since moved out of state. She was born in Chester, S.C. and was residing in Rock Hill S.C. when she was adopted through the system. Please contact me with any information. I don’t want to take her from her current home I would just like for her to know her cousins and her aunts and her one and only uncle. Thanks all I have been looking for my niece for years now with no luck. I’m not sure what the adoption agency is named but the case worker was Maury Wilkes from Rock Hill, S.C. Again thank you all so much

  16. Larry Mottweiler says:

    We are looking for our granddaughter. Her birth name was Alicia Ann Mottweiler and she was born March 5, 1999 at South Bend Memorial Hospital, South Bend Indiana. Her parents (our son and girlfriend) were living in Niles Michigan at the time of her birth. We believe she was adopted out from the Berrien County Michigan Family Services. We signed papers allowing us to be found by her. We would love to have her contact us as we think about her every day. Please contact us.

  17. calinda says:

    Hello my name calinda am looking for my too daughters ebony Pete and imquine they both sisters they got adopted in Los angles California they foster parents the mother white and father black they use to live by lago land that’s all I remember in California I miss my girls I want them to know am there real mom and what happen and why they got adopted out amen

  18. Lou-Anne says:

    Hello ,
    my adoptive name is Lou-Anne Le Mener.
    I was born, in Denver colorado 1996, december 10th
    i am blonde, blue eyes
    I know that my mother’s name is heather davis,
    if you recognize yourself as my mom or a member of my birth family, i would really appreciate to get in contact with you.

    Many thanks and i hope I will find you one day.

  19. Jennifer Williamson says:

    looking for my two sons julienne chandler born dec 4 2001 and jorden Isaiah born dec 9 2003… I love you boys..i will never forget u… my name is Jennifer kasgnoc and im their mother

  20. Daniel Smith says:

    i’m looking for my son that was adopted 25 years ago in Bossier City Louisiana that i had no control of because i was unaware about till after the fact. he was born on May 4th 1989. first his name is Adam , middle name is Patrick.

  21. jesdica says:

    Hi my name is Jessica I’m looking for my older brother his first name is Nicholas his middle is Allen he was born may 1st 1987 he is 27 years old his birth father is my father his name is ty sanders his birth mother in which I have never met is named kimmy I know.Nicholas lives in Sarasota county Florida which sadly I live as well it was a open adoption but the mother never told my father this I have been looking for him Sean’s in was 15 it’s been 5 years now that I have known about him I really wish to meet him I have dreamt of having a big brother my whole life so please any one with info on him email me at or Facebook me my name is ok hyatt my pic is of my wedding please help me

  22. Roxanne says:

    I am looking for my twin boys who just turned 18 on July 5th. There adoptee parents are named Tom and Elizabeth. I was 19 when I had them and in an abusive relationship. They live in Cincinatti Ohio. Thank you.

  23. I am trying to locate my son birth 5/5/87 named frank arce he was adopted in stigler Oklahoma if you can help please do thank you.

  24. maxine says:

    looking for my daughter and son birth names ruby-sky e. pina-solis and son Tristyn A. pina-solis. ruby was born 9/29/03 and my son 3/29/06…they are beautiful children last seen with some woman named maria in los angeles area…please any help woukd be greatly appreciated…..thank you

  25. susan says:

    My son Andrew Budd was born in Winchester hospital on the 13th October 1964, I have been trying to trace him with no luck but would love to do so

  26. Dawn K Kayi says:

    I am looking for my birth daughter. And the only information I can tell u is that she was born on 8/25/2001 at kapiolani children hospital in Honolulu hi. Her birth name was Chanel leilani Kay manewa. My caps worker never told me anything about open adoption. She is my one and only child.

  27. Dawn K Kay says:

    Please if anyone knows anything I just want her to know me before its to late. She is Hawaiian/Chinese/Irish..I love u babygurl..she’ll be 14yrs old in august,..

    • Dawn says:

      I’m looking for my birth daughter who is born on 8/25/2001. Her birth name was Chanel leilani Kay manewa. She is Hawaiian/Chinese. And I have no clue where she’s at..she is my one and only child. She will be 14yrs old in august.

  28. Looking for my niece Chloe Friedman. Born To Cindy Friedman in NJ . Birthday August 25,1999. Just want to know she is in good hands.

  29. Melissa says:

    I am looking for my three sons that were adopted in 2007 or 2008. Giovanni Jr. Carrero born 12/9/200, Wesley Raul Carrero born 03/19/2002, and Ravan Antonio Carrero born 09/16/2003. These are the birth names given to them by me and would really love to see them or speak with them. I have no idea where they are if they are together or not. I love them with all my heart and think about them daily. Please help.

  30. Leticia says:

    I am looking for my niece and two nephews who were adopted around 2005 Audrina Beltran. clemente Beltran and Roman soliz last they lived in Clovis CA with there foster mom Janette woods I would do anything to see these kids I love and miss them dearly ♡

  31. Lou-Anne says:

    Hello again,
    my adoptive name is Lou-Anne Le Mener.
    I was born, in Denver colorado 1996, december 10th
    i am blonde, blue eyes
    I know that my mother’s name is heather davis,
    if you recognize yourself as my mom or a member of my birth family, i would really appreciate to get in contact with you.

    Many thanks and i hope I will find you one day.

  32. Michael Post says:

    My five-year-old son has been given away by his mother, Michelle Horton of Archbold, OH to Carryl and Scott Babcock to raise. How can I find out if the Babcock’s have legally adopted my son? I pay child support but have NEVER been given any parental rights by the mother or the courts to even see or call my son. I live in Boca Raton, FL and the past five years have been so hard on me as I love my son and wish to have custody. The courts never have asked me if I wanted my son. They let my ex-girlfriend (Kriztofer Alain Post’s mother) do whatever she wanted and throw him to the first person who wanted him. My heart is broken. How can I tell if he has been legally adopted? Would the Babcock’s need my permission to do so or does the court system continue to ignore me?

  33. dejah says:

    Im trying to find my adopted brother named eric I herd he live in Indiana and his middle name should be Washington and he should be 12-14 years old please help

  34. CarrieMalbrue says:

    I am the biological mom of my boys, (named at birth), Nicolas Amin Turner-d.o.b. March 17th 2005 and Christian Armand Turner-d.o.b. February 14th 2004. I lovingly refer to my two sons as my “holiday babies”, as Nick was born on St. PatRick’s day, and Chris was born on St. Valentine’s day!! :-) -They were born here in Sacramento, Ca. The last time I saw Nick, was at a CPS supervised visit at a park, Nick was 2 y.o. He & his brother Chris played & laughed so hard that day!! I held my arms out to them both as a squatted on the grassy ground, and they both raced toward me and the impact of them both jumping into my embrace pushed me back, and we all fell down and laughed & hugged& kissed each other!!
    The end of the visit, I held Nick & told him I love him. As I was handing my precious lil’ man over to his foster mom, he struggled in her arms & looked up at me crying” No!! Ma!! Go home you, ma!! Go home wit you!!”
    -That would be the last time I saw him, and the last time- he saw me, the last time hed
    play and giggle with his big brother. All because a social worker with a knack for enforcing legalized kidnapping, Laura Dunkelberger of CPS, saw it better to break the bond of love, because I couldn’t afford childcare in order to attend all of the classes & groups she assigned me to.
    It’s been a long time since we held you my sweet sons. I have the comfort of knowing that Chris is with a loving family & doing well…..but little Nick, I know nothing of where or how he’s doing. Please someone, anyone, tell him I’ve always& always will LOVE him and MISS him solo much. Mommy loves you Nick!!! Mommy loves you Chris!!! “Be with them Lord. Keep them and protect them from all hurt, harm or danger in the name of Jesus. Guide them with your mercy, Grace them with your favor, and create within them the spirit of love, compassion, strength & righteousness. Thank you Lord! Amen.”

  35. Cindy Smith says:

    My name is Cindy I’m looking for my niece her birth name is Desiree Angelica Gay Her bday is October 14 1987 She Was Adopted I would love to find her all these years I haven’t given up . Please if you know her let her know her aunty is looking for her thank you so much .

  36. Angelica says:

    I’ve been looking for my youngest brother for the past ten years. Hector Santiago was his birth name, born on 07/27-28/97-98 in Chicago, IL. His mother was polish and I believe his aunt’s name is Tammy. Our Dad’s name was Hector Francisco Santiago born on 5/1/64 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. My father is now deceased and was unable to locate my little brother. Custody was given up by his mother in either 1998 or 1999. I would just appreciate it so much if he were to at least know that his family is indeed looking for him. I’m not really sure if any of his brothers and sisters, including myself, were noted on any of his paperwork. Any information would be of good use. WE LOVE YOU POLACO! We’ll never stop searching..

  37. nicole sturm says:

    My name is Nicole Sturm my birthday is december 10 1981 I am looking for my son Alexander Allen Richard Sturm and my daughter Angel Lee Tabatha Sturm my son was born march 5 2001 and my daughter was born october 14 2005 they were taken from me by the ministry in Abbotsford BC and adopted out to a couple names are Melissa and Trent

  38. Kodi Smith says:

    My name is Kodi Smith. Birthdate 03/12/1977. I am looking for my son whom i gave up for adoption on September 27,1995 in Chicago,Illinois. I gave birth to him at South Chicago Hospital also known as Trinity Hospital. His birth name is Shawn David Smith and i believe his name was changed to Christopher but not positive. I also believe the beginning or all of his life he lived in Springfield,Il.Please contact me!

  39. Teri Mosier says:

    I am looking for my birth son. He was adopted through Catholic Charities. Born July 22 or 23 1975 (I think he was delivered near midnight. I only really know it was after midnight when I was returned to my room. I had just turned 15. I told he was placed with a Methodist family in the Fort Dodge, Iowa area.

  40. cinquttes bobo says:

    I’m looking for my four children they was looking from me through CPS in Houston tx my son real name is Dominic Lee bobo he was born 06/05/2000 in Houston tx and his sister real name is aqutta layette Barnes born 05/08/2002 in Houston tx her sister name is davonna Lea barnes born 08/04/2003 and her brother name is Xavier rashard bobo 11/16/2004 they we’re all adopted without my consent I just want my kids back

  41. Shakeria says:

    Hi, my name is Shakeria and I am looking for my younger sister. Her name is Ruth and I sadly dont have a last name. The people who adopted her were named Raelene and Charlie. I know that Raelene is from or was born in Australia. I also know that they adopted a young boy named Daniel before they adopted Ruth. I have been reaching for a very long time know and would appreciate any information that you can give me. Thanks so much.

  42. leah says:

    hello, my name is leah, im currently looking for my niece, her birth name is Amelia Nicola Melanie Cox (amelia cox) her birth parents are Louis Cox and Natasha Hayward, born in swindon, england 2012. i know shes only 2 years old but i want to know if theres any possible way to get into contact or if anyone knows any information. ive applied to many websites and still no luck. she has a brother, elliot whos on a few months old whos still in their mothers care. amelia was given up because her birth mother wasnt able to look after her. please tell me are there any ways to get in contact. its killing me:(

  43. misty shaward(taylor) says:

    I am looking for my sister she was put in foster care in Indiana and then adopted by a couple in Dillsboro,IN. before adoption her name was Crystal Rae Taylor she would be between 22-25 Years of age.

  44. looking for Shawn Smith (birth name) born sept 17th 1980 in rochester new york at Highland hospital
    adopted out thru catholic family services in Dec 1988

  45. looking for son born sept 17 1980 in rochester new york at highland hospital adopted out thru catholic family services name at birth and for four months Shawn Smith e-mail account not up right now contact shellie (friend of your Mom) at 585 351 3822

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