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 and birth parents, 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.
We have read many of the books below. Each have helped us in one way or another; especially when helping others to perform their search. It is certainly not beyond your own means to take on this journey alone. We only wish to making things less complicated and providing you the best advice possible on your journey. Perhaps you do not want to learn genealogy, or how to interpret DNA results, or simply need more guidance than you have been able to pickup on your own. For us, a lot of the books below provided the hope, wisdom, patience and sensitivity it takes to achieve success.
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- ALMA - Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association. These folks helped the founder of searchangels.org in the beginning of his search. They have a registry that includes birth parents and adoptees dating back to the early nineteen-hundreds. They were founded back in nineteen-seventy-one. Last checked they had a one time fee for lifetime membership into their database and have volunteers to assist with the beginning of your search.
- American Adoption Congress has a fabulous newsletter and also a conference yearly that is inclusive of all members of the adoption community but a great support for adopted persons and birth family members. They also maintain a list of state-by-state legislative efforts and support groups.
- ATTACh is an organization for professionals and also families parenting children with attachment problems.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- GoodTherapy.org has a list specifically for Adoption/Foster Care Issues.
- Homestead Adoption Search and Reunion - is a yahoo group created for Adoptees and Birthmothers from Homestead Adoption Agency in Fort Worth, TX.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.