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What Is A Reunion Registry?

What Is A Reunion Registry?

We frequently speak with adoptees and birth parents about adoption reunion registries and are surprised to learn how few know what they are.   Here’s some important information about these registries:

When searching for your birth family your first step should be reunion / adoption registries.  An adoption reunion registry can be the least expensive and quickest way to reunite you with your birth parents or a child placed for adoption.

A reunion registry is a system for matching information from adoptees with information from biological parents.  If an adoptee enters their birth information into a particular registry and the biological mother enters her information into the same registry, a match could potentially be made.

Two of the largest and most comprehensive reunion registries are administered by the International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) and

1) The International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) is a non-profit, humanitarian agency that was founded in 1975. ISRR is the largest free mutual consent registry in the world and has reunited thousands of adoptee’s and birth parents over the years. You can obtain the registration forms directly from their website at or

After ISRR receives your registration, the information you supplied is then computerized. If your data matches with another registrant and the ISRR registrar determines a relationship exists, both parties will be notified immediately. Your information will also remain on file in case your biological family comes looking for you at a later date.  The ISRR registry is not searchable by the public and you will only be contacted if they determine a match is made.  If in the future your address or phone number changes, please be sure and notify ISRR so they will be able to get in touch with you if a match is made.  The update/change of address form can also be found on the ISRR website.

2) owns and maintains a more open adoption reunion registry located at  This registry is searchable and relies on you to locate a match for your biological family.  Through this registry, you can locate and contact potential matches for your birth family that have posted their information.  You can also post your information in case your birth family comes looking for you.  If in the future your address or phone number changes, please be sure and update your adoption post. We have seen cases where a match is made, but the contact information is out of date.  In these cases people have had to hire a search company to locate the registrant or have been unable to connect with the potential match.

A note about the registry:  Only your email address remains confidential.  If you supply your name, address and/or phone number they will be posted directly on their website.  If you wish to remain anonymous just list your email address so any potential matches can contact you.  Please read the FAQ’s section of this registry for more information.

Other Registries:
Many states also maintain and administer state specific adoption registries.  Some states do charge a small fee,  but they are often worth the price.  Most states, however, offer free adoption registries.  There are also many private adoption registries that are typically free.  You should register on these websites and explore them thoroughly.

Here is a link to our favorite state and private adoption reunion registries: Adoption Reunion Registry.  Enjoy!

If you have any questions about searching, please leave a comment or email us.  You can also call us toll free at:  1-888-965-6696 for a FREE and FRIENDLY search consultation.

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  1. […] What Is A Reunion Registry? – If you are looking for your birth mother, one of the first things you need to do is sign up on the most popular reunion registries.  […]

  2. michelle says:

    hi, i am looking for my birthson date of birth july 6, 1982 east grand rapids, or grand rapids.
    you were born in “east grand rapid michigan” i named you jonathan they were to keep it! i am starting the search…

    i hope to find you soon.

    much love,
    your birthmom

  3. Dusty says:

    hi i see your name is michelle. would your last name happen to be Pollard? i am looking for my mother.

  4. Rhoda says:

    I am lookinf for my birth sister. Are fathers name is Donald Washburn. He is from lakeland fla. I am his oldest daughter Rhoda. All I know is her birth name was Susan Diana and she was born in fla. I would love to meet her and see how she is doing and if she is happy. I have 1 real sister and 1 real brother and I have a half brother and now her. My half brother is her real brother. I am in ny and I would love to find her and see if we could become close.

  5. TJ says:

    I am trying to help find a young man given up for adoption in San Diego, CA. If he kept his birth name, it is Dario. Dario is African-American, and should be in high school at this time. If you have any information, please respond.

    • TJ says:

      I am still looking for an African-American named Dario adopted in San Diego, CA. He may use the name Dario Jones or Dario Stanley. He should have graduated by this time (within the last 2-3 yrs). His birth mother’s first name is Felicia (from MI) and she is looking for her son.

  6. Eric L. Johnson says:

    Hello, my name is Eric Johnson and I am looking for my birth parrents. I was born in Cocoa Beach, FL on March 20th, 1991. I was adopted by a women named Cecelia M. Johnson and we lived in Ormond Beach, FL. So if anyone has any infromation at all for me please let me know. I am currently residing in montana at a boarding school so the financial aspect is not much. ummmm, thanks a lot for anyone who reads this.

    • Ulla Kjell, Sweden says:

      Eric! Today its your birthday,20 yeras old. I am a cusin to your mamma Cecilia Johnson, and I live in Sweden. You have visited me and my family in Sweden and be have spend same time in your home i Florida. I know that when you was born, Cecilia adopted you and lovde you so much as a mother can do. Your birthmam was a young girl and she could not take care about you. I know that your birtmam wrote a letter for you with her name, and Cecilia keept that for you. But Cecilia died and after that I dont know whats happend. I and my family in Sweden have thought a lot of you and we want to have contackt with you, if you will. Love, Ulla

  7. robert l knipper says:

    looking for birth parents i was born in cedar rapids,iowa born on 1-14-71 catholic charities. mother last name maybe greenwood.

  8. brandon says:


    I did find my baptism records but still have not located my birth parents whereabouts. Please email any ideas of going about this. I never looked in the past but now have suddenly really wanted to find out.

  9. Gina Ellerbee says:

    I was born in Wichita KS on 10/5/1971. I was privately adopted at that time. My birth mother’s name may be Karen Gamble.

  10. rachel bernstein says:

    looking for birthfamily- i am female born 12-8-1983
    maimonides hospital in brooklyn closed adoption ahndled by a laywer- i grew up in long island- i think they are form the south im not sure- i was a c-section- i dont have much else.. except i got the best blue eyes ever :)

  11. christina hanna says:

    i was born on july 19th 1974 at st.lukes hospital in cedar rapids iowa, i’ve been wanting to find my birth mother for years, all i know is that she was 16 years old when she had me. i’m now 35 years old.

  12. Gloria says:

    I’m looking for a Birth Mother by the first name of Janet. She had twins in November 8, 1991 in West Palm Beach, Florida

    Please contact me if you are her.

    G*D Bless!



  13. TENA MARIE BELL says:


  14. Herbert Hux says:

    My name is Herbert Hugh Hux and I am looking for my birth family. I was adopted through The Children’s Home Sociey of NC. I may have been born in Wilson,NC but not sure. My birth mother’s name may be Carolyn. My birthdate is 9/13/68. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

  15. Steven Yankee says:

    I am looking for my Sister? She was born around Christmas EVE 1965. She was given up for adoption, because my mother was not married at the time. She was adopted from the Salvation Army Hospital for unwed Mother’s in Illinois. Not sure what city in Illinois, there is the information. please help me find my Sister?

  16. Angelia Kirk says:

    Adoptee:I was adopted at birth Aug. 25,1969. from information that had been given to me is that the adoption was through Kansas Children Service League in Wichita Ks. my birth mother had given me a name and that name was Reneal Valdez and I also believe that she has at one point of time made some attempt to locate me . Aug. 25, 1997 which was in fact my birthday and that would of made me twenty nine yrs.old
    the birthday card was sign in spanish and thats a language i don’t speak that language and there were no returned address but,there was the post office postal stamp stating that it came from Wichita Ks.
    well, to my birth mother Ms. Valdez will you please give me the opportunity to meet with in person. please no more hiding!
    Angelia Kirk

  17. Aunt t says:

    I have been looking for my nephew for many years. His biological mother was my sister. She passed away 15 years ago. My nephew was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO on August 19, 1982, and adopted through Catholic Family Services. Family Court has sent letters to his adoptive family for us, but there has been no answer. His adoptive mother also passed away a few years ago. Many medical issues to pass on. Would love help.

  18. Michael Covington says:

    I am the birth father of Alexandria Eden Covington who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but moved to San Luis Obispo,
    California 16 years ago. She is 19 now. Her mother is Shanin
    Melinda Green. Her Grandmother is Nancy Green. Shanin has a
    twin brother named Paul Green and an older brother Ted Green.
    Both brothers are Naval Veterans. They shoild all be around the Fresno, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo area.

  19. Marge G. says:

    To Michael Covington: I live in San Luis Obispo County and in the current phone directory
    there are listings for a Nancy Green at 5051 Oakhurst Dr., Cambria 93428
    Phone # 805-927-5951 and a Ted Green at 85 Eucalyptus Rd., Nipomo 93444
    Phone # 805-929-5776. No listings for Shanin, Paul or Alexandria.


    I am the mother of an adoptee..He was born on Sept 24 Martinsburg WV..At the time we were not suppose to know his birthmothers name..But the agency ended up closing in the midddle of our adoption..The birthmothers name is Kimberly M Casto..she was a merchant marine.I am not sure if both parents were schoolteachers ..but I think her Mom was in Martinsburg WV..Our son is bi-racial..I just want her to know how truly precious he is and want to thank her for allowing us to be his parents.He would like to meet you..but if you are not interested that is fine.He is now 17 years old and a fine young man..he is a natural born athlete.

  21. Stephanie says:

    I’m trying to locate my stepson who was given up for adoption in 1998, not sure when the adoption was final. Birth name is Jacob Alan Ivey-born to Jack Ivey from Riverview,Fl.

    • Christina says:

      I too am looking for Jacob Alan Ivey.I am his biological aunt and would be forever grateful for any information i can get to find him.Thank You

  22. Morris says:

    I’m looking for Morris Wallace. He would have went to Mckinney Tx Job Corps in 77-78. For a short time he worked at Sammy’s restaurant in Shreveport, La. From what I have heard he is a decent guy and is my father. I would like to meet him and the other side of my family. Thanks in advance.


  23. Daisy says:

    Girl born at St. Mary’s hospital in August 1969. Adopted thru Catholic agency. Mother Pam, Fsther Greg. Both parents of Greek heritage.

  24. Owen says:

    Male born March 12, 1955 looking for birth parents Ann L. Moyle and James Earl Williams, Charlotte NC They were both 25 yrs old. I want to know my birth family. Adopted to Patricia Rex Jones & Owen John Jones

    • Loucy says:

      I have found info on your birthmother, Annie Louise Moyle. Unfortunately, she passed away July 12, 2004. I can provide you with the obit if you like.

  25. Lynn says:

    Looking to find any birth relatives. I was adopted at seven days old from a hospital in the Bethlehem Pa. area. Words like Fountain Hill, Saint Lukes, North Hamptom, have all crossed my birth certificate at one time or another.

    Adopted parents passed, husband left me, I have three children and feel sort of disconnected from friends or family right now. On my adopted Mom’s death bed, she said Westbell was my father’s last name and he was prior Army. however, can’t find any Westbells anywhere. I was adopted by a Smith.

    Thank You so much.

  26. Steven says:

    I am looking for birth mother whose name is Mildred Stanfield, born 12 Aug. 1933 in Elizabethton, TN. I was born 24 Sep. 1948 in Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, TN. My biological father is supposed to be Herman Graybeal who should be about 85. I am 63 and would like to close this chapter of my life by telling Mildred she did the right thing at age 15 and everything turned out great.

    • Kent Lyon says:

      Hello Steven! My name is Kent Lyon and my mother is Mildred Stanfield. I would like to communicate with you because my sister and I was always wondering about a picture we saw my grandmother had. E-mail is

  27. Lisa says:

    I was born July 22, 1966 in Inglewood California at Daniel Freeman hospital. I was placed in a foster home for two months. My name there was Lisa Ann. My parents adopted me in September and named me Lisa Karen without knowing my first given name was Lisa. I have no records of my adoption and biological parents. I have amazing parents who I love more than life, but as I get older, I am becoming more interested in my biological parents and if they might be interested in finding me.

  28. Michelle says:

    Hi sorry dusty my last name was not pollard
    Still looking for my birth son born July 6 1982
    In east grand rapids michigan. I named him
    Jonathan they said they would keep it I kept
    Him for 14 months so you were placed at age
    14 months wow it’s still hard and painful to thins
    Day! U will be 30 in this year 2012 July 6!
    Looking for you just want to know you are ok !
    And I love you soooooo much!

  29. Michelle says:

    Looking for birth son born july 6, 1982
    Kept. You 14 months! Grand travers city is
    Were all paper work was handled for the A P.
    (your new mom and dad). I know (at least this is
    What I was told ) they had no kids! The dad was a
    Lawyer and the mom a part time school teacher
    I was to get pictures every year and a up date
    Never had nothing in the file! No laws in place
    At that time! :-( will look for you til I find you! You
    Are my birth son and I wish I knew what life
    Was about! I would have held on ! Your b mom
    Loving and wanting to know you r ok!

  30. Michelle says:

    Looking for male born July 6 1982 east grand rapids
    Michigan! I had you for 14 months! I love you
    Son want to find you!

  31. Cheryl says:

    According to records I was born 1/16/1959 Oil Springs Kentucky. Female, red hair. My birth mother’s name was either Esther or Ethyl Cook. My adopted mother was Barbara L. Lindsey, My adopted father was Earl E. Lindsey and worked at in NCR in Dayton Ohio, this would have been late 50s and early early 60s. Lebanon, Ohio. As my adoption papers were finalized I believe in 61. I have other siblings, one older sister, and at least one younger brother. Would very much like to get to know them, as well as the rest of my lost family. I am now a mother of four and grandmother also.

  32. Barbara says:

    I am looking for my grandchildren. Their names are Richard and Crystal Patella. Patella is the adopted name. When Richard Greathouse, their real last name, turns 18 years old, you can contact me then, legally. My name is Barbara. I am your grandmother. I live in cleveland, Ohio, where you were both born, and I have your original Birth Certificates. Love, Grandma.

  33. Lora says:

    I was born in Atlanta ga in July 1970 and adopted. Searching for birth parents.

  34. Michelle says:

    Hi I saw a post from July 11 2012
    Of a Adopted father looking for his adopted sons birth mother
    Son born July 6 ,1982….. My birth son and I was his mommy for 14 months

    They adopted him at age 14 months…..
    From grand rapids Michigan I’ve posted online
    Many times for years .
    If these matches you please email me and see
    If we are looking for each other?

    Just so u know birth son I love you dearly! Want to get
    To know you and hope to have you back in my life!

    What ever you want!
    I have 2 half brothers for you and a huge family
    My only wish to have all 3 of my sons together for time

    We r down to earth people. Love life and we all want
    You back in our life! ( my family asks when I will find you
    Going to courts now!) I send a release to state of Michigan
    Over a year ago!)
    Now I go to the courts!

    I want to find you and my heart NEEDS to find you
    I wish I held on to you!
    I love you son!

  35. jason says:

    I was born august 10 1971 in Fresno community hospital in California and am looking for my biological parents. I was adopted soon after birth.

  36. karen says:

    looking for me?birth mom born on jan 29 71 native.miss you babys Rachel I think is your birth name?autumn was what I named you

  37. Neenah says:

    Looking for my brother Dario Jones-Stanley , last in San Diego California , your family is looking for u please contact us soon as possible.

    • Dana says:

      Thanks for posting. If you would like professional search assistance, please call at 1-888-965-6696. Thanks!