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Adult Adoptee & Birthparent Resources

Adult Adoptee & Birthparent Resources 

Birthparent Resources

Books for Birthparents: A list of books which include research on, and stories from, birthparents which give voice to birthmothers and birthfathers and their experiences.

Concerned United Birthparents (CUB): Only national organization focused on birthparents; their experiences, healing, and wisdom. CUB serves all those touched by adoption and all who are concerned about adoption issues, with a focus on birthparents.

Impact of Adoption on Birthparents: This factsheet discusses some of the emotional issues that parents may face after making the decision to place an infant for adoption, in surrendering the child, and in handling the feelings that often persist afterward. 

Ohio Birthparent Group: Open to birthmothers and birthfathers only, this group is a private space for birthparents to meet others who understand this life-long journey.

Pact Informational Resources for Birth Parents: Provides links to blogs, book recommendations, and information on navigating open adoption.


Adult Adoptee Resources

The Adoptee Film Channel: A selection of short films by Jean Strauss focusing on the adoptees which help many understand the issues adoptees face. 

The Adopted Life*: The Adopted Life is a blog whose mission is “strengthening the adoption community by empowering adoptees.” The blog includes both essays from the founder Angela Tucker and also includes a series of videos with Ms. Tucker interviewing adoptees. Ms. Tucker has also created a documentary, Closure, that details her search for her first family.

Books for Adult Adoptees:

Educational Assistance: Provides information on college scholarships, vocational education, and tuition waiver programs to youth who have been involved in or were adopted from the child welfare system.

Lost Daughters: An independent collaborative writing project edited and authored exclusively by adult women who were adopted as children.

Late Discovery: Adoption information and resources for adoptees who learned of their adoption later in life.

Using DNA to break through adoption roadblocks:

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy:  Discussion of using DNA to search for birth family.

The Genetic Genealogist (Blaine Bettinger): “The Genetic Genealogist examines the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research. The blog also explores the latest news and developments in the related field of personal genomics.”

Donor Sibling Registry: Assists individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation who are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties.


International Adoption

Adoptee Rights Campaign:  A diverse group of intercountry adoptees and allies striving to educate, organize and advocate for adoptee rights. These include access to critical adoption, immigration, and other vital identity documentation.

Fraud and Corruption in International Adoption: A collection of the Schuster Institute’s releases on intercountry adoption, as well as many of the source documents, independent research, government materials, and other resources.

Korean American Adoptee Network: KAAN is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.

International Soundex Reunion Registry: The International Soundex Reunion Registry is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization founded in 1975 by Emma May Vilardi. ISRR is a mutual consent reunion registry for persons desiring a reunion with next-of-kin.

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