What is a Search angel?

There are many adoption search assistants within the adoption community. Some of them are called adoption Search Angels. An adoption Search Angel volunteers their time and talents to help families touched by adoption. They seek answers for biological parents and/or an adoptees reaching out to find each other.

Adoption Search Angels can help an adoptee locate birth family by acquiring as much information as available. This may also include the adoptee's non-identifying information, DNA test results (that may show close cousins that they are genetically related to), or by other traditional search means. Search Angels also explore registries trying to help an adoptee find answers to their roots. Search Angels are people just like you. People who want to give a little peace to families with questions.

Some of the information a Search Angel might ask you for include...

  • Your name and what part of the adoption triad you hold in this search (whether adoptee, adopted mother or father, grandmother, etc.)
  • The date of birth of adoptee.
  • State of birth of the adoptee.
  • The non-identifying information your birth state adoption agency can provide to you. Small clues can be obtained through the non-ID info. Even the smallest bit of information may become key to finding your family member.
  • And any other known information collected over your lifetime about your birth family.

Adoption Search Angels do not search for minor children. To begin an adoption search, one must be at least 18-years-old. It's also important to know that true adoption Search Angels do not charge for their services, but can ask for reimbursement for some fees incurred while searching or giving your search a lot more time and effort on a weekly basis. 

The form below is used primarily for individuals who are eighteen years or older who will be requesting assistant from searchangels.com in an active search. Additional information may be required for identification or missing information from this form. Please do not submit this form unless your intent is to work with the owner of searchangels.com or another Search Angel volunteer or group we feel would serve your interest better. Collaboration and trust are at the center of any search.

Levels of service we offer

This past year has seen a level of adoptee searches hitting us at unprecedented levels. So much so, that we have decided to add levels of services beyond a basic search. Is it still free to have your search conducted? Absolutely. However, we have added three fee based, "one year subscription levels" of service called Paced, Dedicated or Exclusive. They are basically a low cost, yearly flat rate service fee, that gives you a heightened level of our participation and prioritization of your adoptee search.

We want to emphasize that we still want to provide everyone the chance to find their birth families at no cost, but setting aside the time required for each individual case can become daunting without setting realistic expectations.

birth mother, father or sibling

Our group is not equipped to assist you on your search. All our searches are based off genetic genealogy. The best advice we can give is that you put yourself out there in the DNA community by taking a DNA test yourself. As DNA testing is frequently used by adoptees to find their birth family members, it is not unusual for them to find their birth family members in their DNA test results. Right now, the most popular DNA testing companies are AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe. However, there are many others making progress - like MyHeritage. Please do not expect a different response than the one described here by using our contact form. It is not that we do not feel an overwhelming desire to help you, we just are not aligned to fit your specific search requirements.


Search angel - information collection form

Name *
Name
No obligation "once a year" fee can be processed after you fill out your form.
NOTE: We are NOT equipped to help siblings or birth parents to find individuals relinquished to adoption
Adoptee Date of Birth *
Adoptee Date of Birth
Address for person completing the membership application
Address for person completing the membership application
Home Phone Number
Home Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
I am seeking *
DNA TEST INFORMATION
DNA testing is an important step to take for finding biological family in your search.
What Autosomal DNA test(s) have you taken *
As an adoptee you are strongly encouraged to take a DNA test - unless you have a sufficient amount of identifying information about your birth family that they can be identified without one.
INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTEE
Below is specific information referring to the adoptee
Place of Birth Address
Place of Birth Address
Adoptive Name *
Adoptive Name
Name at Birth
Name at Birth
leave blank if unknown
ONLY USEFUL FOR CALIFORNIA ADOPTEES - The State File number is in the upper left-hand corner. NOTE: There are times when no numbers are listed.
ONLY USEFUL FOR CALIFORNIA ADOPTEES - The Local Registrar number is typically in the upper-right hand corner. There are usually two sets of numbers for the Local Reg., but it's the SECOND set that is important to note here. NOTE: Now, there are times when no numbers are listed.
Adoption Agency Address
Adoption Agency Address
If answer above is "Yes", who arranged the adoption?
Adoptive Father's Name
Adoptive Father's Name
Adoptive Mother's Maiden Name
Adoptive Mother's Maiden Name
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIRTH PARENT(S) AT THE TIME OF BIRTH
These questions can assist in the search, if any are known.
Birth Mother Full Name
Birth Mother Full Name
leave blank if unknown
Birth Mother's Maiden Name
Birth Mother's Maiden Name
leave blank if unknown
Birth Mother's Birth Date
Birth Mother's Birth Date
leave blank if unknown
leave blank if unknown
Please enter a number
Birth Father's Full Name
Birth Father's Full Name
leave blank if unknown
Birth Father's Date of Birth
Birth Father's Date of Birth
leave blank if unknown
leave blank if unknown
Please explain
Establishing a trusted open communication with our Search Angel volunteers is essential.
Statement of our Privacy Policy, Terms, and Conditions *
Signature of Applicant - By typing in your first and last name below it will be considered your legally binding electronic signature. *
Signature of Applicant - By typing in your first and last name below it will be considered your legally binding electronic signature.
Date Application Signed *
Date Application Signed