Saturday, November 19, 2011

National Adoption Day - Honor an Adoptive Family

Today is National Adoption Day, a national day of celebration of adoptive families.  Courts also use this special day to finalize the adoptions of children from foster care.  

Baby Dee at 5 months.
This is her arrival announcement.
In the last ten years, more than 35,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day.  In my town, it always makes the evening news, with interviews from the new parents, and children who feel as though they have a real home, at last. 

Adoption presents many riddles and brick walls for the someone searching for their birth family, or for the family genealogist. 

My dear, beautiful goddaughter is an adoptee.  Even though her mom kind of glazes over when I start in on my latest genealogy finds, hopefully deep down she knows I’ll be ready with resources if she ever needs them!  

Some general resources on this topic are below:

Adoption Message Boards and Queries

Adoption SearchHow to Find Your Birth Family
Steps for Locating Adoptees, Birth Parents, and Adoption Records

ProGenealogists, the Offical research firm - Adoption Research RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees – for family historians who are adoptees

All About Adoption Research Finding Hidden Family Ties
Including: Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator, US and Canada criminal databases.

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