Tips and Resources for Search and Reunion

 

As a rule, an adoptee searching for their biological family or the biological family searching for the adoptee, it’s best to start with
the adoption agency that handled the adoption.  The agency can 
send non-identifying information upon request provided by the biological birth mother at the time of the birth.  They may also provide non-identifying information about the adopted family if the biological mother is searching.  If the agency is no longer in operation and custodian of the records, you will have to request the information from the Louisiana Department of Children’s Services.  The website and contact Information will be listed on the reference page.  
Make sure you register with the Louisiana Voluntary Adoption Registry.
There is no need to spend precious time and money if someone is searching for you and has registered.  You will be advised in writing by the state whether or not there is a match.  
The next step would be to contact a support group for the agency
from which you were adopted.  These support groups are not affiliated
with the agencies.   Louisiana has several successful Face Book support pages for adoptees and biological families to join and get assistance with their search.
It is recommended that DNA testing be done with at least one of the major DNA sites.  Cost of doing this varies, but the cost has been reduced considerably in the last few years.   Once DNA is completed and the results are in, there are other ways to match your DNA with others without having to spend more money.  Uploading your DNA to Ged match from a DNA site that permits doing so, will allow your DNA to be matched with those who uploads from a different DNA testing than yours. For instance, you tested with Ancestry and maybe a half sibling tested with 23andme.  If affordable, I recommend testing all three major sites.  
Post on Face Book often.   Post baby pictures and information you have acquired.  I never recommend posting a biological mother’s name unless you are at a dead end.  Always remember there are two parties involved.  Your adopted family and your biological mother’s family.  It maybe that she has not told her family.  It should come from you to her.
All of the above that I recommend are strictly my recommendations which I have used for searching tools.  There are many more, but these are the starting steps to take.
REFERENCES
Search and Reunion Groups on Face Book
VOA Louisiana Adoption Search and Reunion
Adoption Search Louisiana
Adoption Forum
Louisiana Birthmother and Adoptees
Adoptees Louisiana
Search Angel Network
Methodist Home Hospital New Orleans Reunions
Louisiana Adoption Support Alliance
*Note that not all sites with take your case and try to locate for you.
You have to be pro-active in your search.  They are support groups.
DNA Detective will assist you and you will be allowed to post your 
findings. They will help you to understand your results if you need help.
Louisiana Adoption Voluntary Registry
http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/
To register and to request Non ID
P.O.Box 3318
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
225-342-9922

 

As a rule, an adoptee searching for their biological family or the biological family searching for the adoptee, it’s best to start withthe adoption agency that handled the adoption.  The agency can send non-identifying information upon request provided by the biological birth mother at the time of the birth.  They may also provide non-identifying information about the adopted family if the biological mother is searching.  If the agency is no longer in operation and custodian of the records, you will have to request the information from the Louisiana Department of Children’s Services.  The website and contact Information will be listed on the reference page.  Make sure you register with the Louisiana Voluntary Adoption Registry.There is no need to spend precious time and money if someone is searching for you and has registered.  You will be advised in writing by the state whether or not there is a match.  
The next step would be to contact a support group for the agencyfrom which you were adopted.  These support groups are not affiliatedwith the agencies.   Louisiana has several successful Face Book support pages for adoptees and biological families to join and get assistance with their search.
It is recommended that DNA testing be done with at least one of the major DNA sites.  Cost of doing this varies, but the cost has been reduced considerably in the last few years.   Once DNA is completed and the results are in, there are other ways to match your DNA with others without having to spend more money.  Uploading your DNA to Ged match from a DNA site that permits doing so, will allow your DNA to be matched with those who uploads from a different DNA testing than yours. For instance, you tested with Ancestry and maybe a half sibling tested with 23andme.  If affordable, I recommend testing all three major sites.  Post on Face Book often.   Post baby pictures and information you have acquired.  I never recommend posting a biological mother’s name unless you are at a dead end.  Always remember there are two parties involved.  Your adopted family and your biological mother’s family.  It maybe that she has not told her family.  It should come from you to her.All of the above that I recommend are strictly my recommendations which I have used for searching tools.  There are many more, but these are the starting steps to take.Good Luck on your journey!Brenda F. FrisardLouisiana Adoption Angel
Board MemberLouisiana Adoption Advisory BoardLouisiana Adoption Support AllianceFace Book PagesLouisiana Birthmother and AdopteesLouisiana Adoption Support AllianceREFERENCESSearch and Reunion Groups on Face BookVOA Louisiana Adoption Search and ReunionAdoption Search LouisianaAdoption ForumLouisiana Birthmother and AdopteesAdoptees LouisianaSearch Angel NetworkMethodist Home Hospital New Orleans ReunionsLouisiana Adoption Support Alliance*Note that not all sites with take your case and try to locate for you.You have to be pro-active in your search.  They are support groups.
DNA Detective will assist you and you will be allowed to post your findings. They will help you to understand your results if you need help.
Louisiana Adoption Voluntary Registryhttp://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/To register and to request Non IDP.O.Box 3318Baton Rouge, LA 70821225-342-9922

 

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