While we can certainly sympathize, having been exposed to our own similar experiences during several adoptee searches, we encourage those who need more than a shoulder to lean on to seek out support, literature, other search groups, or even professional counseling on your journey. While we will try our best to guide adoptees, we are not above making a referral to another organization that can take your search into a different direction. After all, we want you to succeed when we feel we cannot take you any further performing our methodologies.


genetic counselor

Genetic counselors have advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to guide and support patients seeking more information about how inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families, and to interpret test results. Want to learn more about genetic counselors? Check out this link.

WatershedDNA founder Brianne Kirkpatrick, MS, LGC is a licensed and certified genetic counselor with more than 12 years of experience in research and clinical practice. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, International Society of Genetic Genealogy, and the National Genealogical Society. Her expertise in medical genetics and counseling makes her a unique fit for clients looking for emotional support and answers to questions on DNA testing.


search resources

  • CUB (Concerned United Birthparents) has very helpful national and local gatherings and support groups.

  • DNAadoption - Their site is the repository for documentation about using your DNA results. While the site was originally conceived for adoptees, it is proving to be useful for genealogy as well. Their goal is to help you find the answers you are looking for through the use of DNA testing and more traditional adoption search methods. Many people have been searching for years without success and are asking the question: Can DNA testing really help me? The answer (honestly) is “possibly”. They also offer inexpensive Adobe PDF based online classes on interpreting your DNA results and ask/answer questions in a Moodle based forum environment.

  • DNAAdoption yahoo group is a place to discuss DNA and Adoption.

  • The Digital Public Library of America - DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

  • Jewishgen.org provides a wide range of resources including databases, family-finder, articles, societies, projects and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research.

  • Lost Daughters is an independent collaborative writing project founded in 2011. It is edited and authored exclusively by adult women who were adopted as children. Our name was chosen in the spirit of BJ Lifton's concept of one's Self becoming "lost" and "found" throughout the journey of being adopted.

  • SoaringAngels - is a yahoo group created for adoption search, support and reunions. They are there to hopefully help you reconnect with your birth family lost to you through adoption.

  • The-Seeker has a dedicated group of volunteer search angels.


State specific search resources

  • Family Design Resources - Thousands of individuals impacted by adoption desire to connect with their birth families every year. In Pennsylvania alone, over 50,000 adoptions were finalized in the last decade. In 2011, Pennsylvania’s Act 101 established mechanisms for families impacted by adoption to maintain or regain contact. Family Design Resources helps parties to adoption reunite with birth relatives by offering high quality, confidential adoption search and reunion services to both individuals and public and private agencies.

  • Finding in Florida is a yahoo group for anyone involved in an adoption search in the state of Florida. It is intended as a forum for exchange of search information, search ideas and search legwork. It is also meant to be a source of support and understanding in helping to deal with the frustration and stress of an adoption search.

  • Homestead Adoption Search and Reunion - is a yahoo group created for Adoptees and Birthmothers from Homestead Adoption Agency in Fort Worth, TX.


International resources

  • The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.

  • Antenati - An extensive amount of Italian genealogical archives useful for personal data research. A bounty of information to help reconstruct your Italian family history from.

  • CARREFOUR ADN - A French/Canadian Facebook site that provides guidance for people to identify their biological connections with family members and ancestors. They propose several means to accomplish this which include documentation, training activities, genealogy orientation and assistance in DNA test interpretation. They also have a website that contains a library section, you can read in French, and download and print two hundred and fifty page training manual.

  • Essential Websites for Austro-Hungarian Genealogy - This article covers 25 essential websites specific to Austro-Hungarian research. For the novices out there, some of these sites may serve as a place to get started. For the more experienced researchers, perhaps a few of the sites listed may be ones you haven’t heard about or visited that can help to get you through those pesky brick walls.

  • Irish Church Records - contains images from the NLI’s collection of Catholic parish register microfilms. The registers contain records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to 1880.

  • A Norwegian website dedicated to providing tools to trace your lineage from the National Library of Norway, the National Archives of Norway and Slekt og Data; the largest genealogy association in Norway.


General genealogy and historic sites

  • New York City and the Historical Ellis Island - More than a tourist stop, Ellis Island evokes feelings of fear and hope when reminiscing about the millions of immigrants who entered the United States through this historic place.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica - A general breakdown of the history and study of genealogy. Including a link describing genetic testing and how it is used in modern genealogy today.

  • The National Genealogical Society - To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.

  • The National Archives and Records Administration - is the nation's record keeper. Anyone who has cleaned out a family attic knows the importance of keeping family records. You may have military records from relatives who served in one of the World Wars—or even the Civil War. Or pictures of your great-great grandparents on the day they became American citizens. Or the canceled check that paid for your first home. Many people know the National Archives as the keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. But we also hold in trust for the public the records of ordinary citizens.


Mental health

  • Alltreatment.com is a community based public benefit website connecting people to the addiction resources they need. The resource is free to the public.

  • American Addiction Centers (AAC) takes pride in offering the most up-to-date and helpful information about addiction. In fact, all our their articles are reviewed by a medical team so that they can make sure they are providing the best information to people looking for addiction help.

  • ATTACh is an organization for professionals and also families parenting children with attachment problems.

  • Beach House Center for Recovery offers the most innovative, results-driven, individualized treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. Their treatment center provides dual diagnosis treatment as part of a full continuum of care geared to meet clients’ individualized treatment needs. Beach House offers individuals a truly comprehensive rehab experience and strives to be known nationwide as a leading model for clinical excellence.

  • Co-Occurring Disorders - A person with a co-occurring disorder has been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder and another mental health disorder, such as depression or PTSD.

  • Drug Rehab Connections - is not a specific treatment facility, instead we are an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Our goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them.

  • GoodTherapy.org has a list specifically for Adoption/Foster Care Issues.

  • Rehab Spot is an information hub that focuses on educating individuals on the treatment process: from selection, to what they can expect during treatment, to entering back into a drug-free life. Their goal is to lessen the stigma of addiction and empower those who are struggling with mental health find the treatment they deserve.

  • Sleep Help, a site devoted to spreading awareness of sleep health and wellness. Including topics like the affects of sleep-deprivation and autism-asd.

  • The Recovery Village - Their goal, as a rehab center, is to provide clients with the tools and healthy coping skills needed for long-term recovery, which allow them an opportunity to gain a rewarding and effective bearing on life again. What they treat: Drug abuse and addiction, Alcohol abuse and addiction. Co-occurring disorders (including but not limited to): Depression, Anxiety, Eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, etc.) and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Tuck is a community devoted to promoting sleep health awareness. As part of their mission, they have created resources about the impact addictive substances can have on your ability to fall asleep and reach the restorative stages of deep sleep needed to live a healthy life.


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