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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

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

Upcoming Adoption Legislation: Review and Support!

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If you are a reunited adoptee or an adoption triad member still in search it pays to keep an eye on upcoming state legislation regarding adoption reform.  The following states are in the process of either forming groups to tackle legislation, or they’ve drafted a bill and have sponsors.  If you know of any other state not mentioned ... 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

What's REALLY in those 'sealed' records?

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After Search Quest America's team reunited an adoptee this weekend with her very excited and happy to be found birth mother, one has to wonder what's in those sealed records that nobody talks about? Other than the obvious that is, the identity or our biological relatives.I've been hearing from birth mothers for years that they left special family i ... Read More

SQA Tips for Starting an Adoption Search in California

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One of the first things that an adoptee in search of information on his or her birth parents should do is obtain non-identifying information from either the agency (private or social services) or from the State of California if the agency your parents used is no longer in existence. If your adoption occurred in California but was facilitated throug ... Read More

SQA Adoption Triad VS Adoption Circle

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My name is Pam Kish and I am the daughter of an adoptee, the wife of an adoptee, a “Search Angel” and a paid search expert.When I first heard the standard definition explaining the “Adoption Triad” it left me feeling empty. Those who believe in the “Triad” believe that the only people touched by an adoption are t ... Read More

SQA Advice to Siblings in Search of an Adoptee

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One of our most common requests here at Search Quest America comes from siblings who find out late in life that they have an sibling that was placed for adoption. Some people are shocked that they were not told about the adoption, but most are also excited at the possibility of finding their missing family member.When you are in search of a sibling ... 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