Search and Reunion

Search & Reunion: Impacts & Outcomes Perspective Paper, in English or French, a worldwide collation of over 40 intercountry adoptees from 14 countries of origin, sharing the ups and downs of searching, with hopes of reunion with original families, and in many cases, the complexities after reunion.

Review & Summary of our Perspective Paper by Thomas Graham, editor of the Australian Journal of Adoption and owner of Ipsify, sequel to the journal.

Contemplating Searching guide written specifically for intercountry adoption contexts – for those adoptees who want to search but have no idea where to begin. This guide includes adoptee led organisations who provide Search & Reunion and / or DNA searching support.

Here’s a paper on the Search for Origins by Maïly Daigle based in Canada but written in French.

Here’s a tutorial video created by Sandra Mahé in connection with adoptee led group, La Voix des Adoptés, spoken in French and providing guidance on searching if you are an intercountry adoptee living in France.

ISS – SSI released a Search for Origins Guide specific to intercountry adoption, avail in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.

ISS Australia created this 3 min video about the Importance of Finding Your Origins

Pauline Senchyna’s research on lessons learnt from Search & Reunion for intercountry adoptees.

A useful website for DNA testing, Best DNA test for Adoptees

Specific birth country information on how to conduct a search:

Chinese adoptees are in the process of creating a CCI Birth Parent Search Manual. They also have a FB group for Chinese adoptees wanting Search & Reunion support.

ICAV is supporting Chinese Birth Families seeking help to search for their children lost to adoption, see Chinese Adoptees Being Searched For.

Korean adoptees can access the SKAN (Swedish Korean Adoptee Network) Birth Family Search Booklet.

Korean adoptees who are meeting biological family for the first time, The Adoptee Group has produced this book Handbook to Korea: for your next trip back, free of charge.

Sri Lankan adoptees can access a free Root Searching Guide in English, French, German provided by Switzerland group Back to the Roots.