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What's wrong with my OBC?

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Every day we hear from adoptees make the statement, “If I had my Original Birth Certificate I wouldn’t need to hire a PRO to help me find my birth family.  That’s a pretty common assumption in the adoption community.  However I’d like to enlighten a few of you who feel that way based on what we know ‘historic ... Read More

When You Wait Too Long:

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As licensed Family Search Investigators, the best of us have learned tips and tricks to tunnel under brick walls successfully. Remember, there are 50 states and 50 different laws governing adoption records, open OBC access or not, so we are continually learning new laws, rules and regulations because they are in a continual state of flux.  We ... Read More

When an adoptee SHOULD NOT Search!

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There comes a point in each adoptee's life when they begin to contemplate starting a search for their biological family.  Some adoptees start their search as soon as they legally can, others may wait until their mid-twenties or thirties or beyond.  Adult adoptees search for many reasons.  Identity, genetic and familial information, m ... Read More

Questions to Adoptees: Some Interesting Answers

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I am fortunate to have contact with several hundred adoptees, so when I am curious about any one aspect of adoption or adoption search, I always have a ready list of accommodating folks who are willing to either answer my questions or offer advice. Last week I asked the following questions: 1.  Adoptees, how old were you when you started your ... Read More

What is up with my OBC?

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Every day we hear from adoptees make the statement, “If I had my OBC I wouldn’t need to hire a pro to help me find my birth family.  That’s a pretty common assumption in the adoption community.  However I’d like to enlighten a few of you who feel that way based on what we know ‘historically’ and by revi ... Read More

Eight Steps to take BEFORE you start your adoption search!

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Each adoptee, and each adoption is different than all others based on the city, state, date of birth, agency used, and the circumstances of the placement.  There are, however, common sense steps that everyone contemplating starting a search follow, and I'd like to share what I've learned with you in hopes that it leads you to a successful sea ... Read More

After the First Meeting: Beware Reunion Sabotage!

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Adoptees or first parents in search spend months or years in some instances in search of the other side of the adoption equation.  Birth parents many times want to assure themselves that they did the right thing during a difficult decision making time of their lives and would like a chance to answer questions and have a potential relationship ... Read More

Considering Hiring a Pro? Things you need to know!

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What you may know (but don’t recognize as important) can save you a lot of Money? I cannot tell you how often the team at Search Quest America talks to potential clients who feel that their search is going to cost ‘thousands’ because that’s what they’ve heard search services cost, or because they have talked to ‘ ... Read More

Advice for Birthmothers in Search of an Adoptee

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First, thank you for your courage in starting a search!  Making the decision to search for a son or daughter placed for adoption is a heart tugging choice that many of you contemplate as your son or daughter reaches adulthood.  You may wish to ensure he or she is well and happy, you may wish to disclose updated medical information or fami ... Read More

SQA Advice for Adoptees in Search

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If you are an adoptee contemplating a search for your biological family, the very first place to start is at the beginning, on the day you were born. Check your birth certificate.It may list more than you think. Depending on the State that issued it, the certificate may list your time of birth, the hospital, the delivering doctor's name and other t ... Read More