Hiring a private investigator to find: birth mother.
According to this website “One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. According to the U.S. Census, about half of these have both biological and adopted children.” It’s estimated that around 7 million people are adopted.
That’s great news for a child who for whatever reason is left with parents. But what if the child who was adopted wants to find their actual biological parents. It’s then that they might consider hiring a private investigator to find: birth mother.
Adoptions come in two main forms. Closed Adoptions and Open Adoptions.
In a closed adoption the paperwork surrounding the adoption is sealed and private. This type of adoption is not as common nowadays but many older adoptions are closed adoptions. There is very little information one can obtain about a closed adoption but the good thing is that about 70% of adoptions today are not closed adoptions.
So if you’re a child that was born under a closed adoption, what can you do? Well, if you can find out WHERE you were adopted from, you might be in luck.
Most adoptions that are closed were orchestrated at hospitals. In many cases, these hospitals have set up web pages for both the parents who gave the child up for adoption and the child to contact each other. You should contact the hospital (or other facility if it’s not a hospital) from where you were adopted and find out if they’ve set up such a way for adoptees to get in touch with their biological parents.
These sites are not mandatory – meaning – nobody HAS to put their information up on the site. So, if your biological parent does not want to contact you, they won’t have put their information on the site.
But you should still place your information up on the site. It could be that your biological parent(s) don’t want to make the first move. They might surf that website one day and see your information and then reach out to you to start the reconnection process. It’s worth a shot!
In the case of an open adoption, it’s much easier. This is just like locating a normal missing person. The more information you have the better your chances of finding the right person. If you have three out of the following 5 items, you stand a good chance of locating your biological parent:
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- An address where they’ve lived
- A phone number for them
If you have a combination of these you have what we call “leads”. They are a start to locating your biological parent. You might get lucky and be able to use this information and actually locate the person you’re looking for. In most cases, the information will be old or outdated and you’ll need some assistance. That’s when you turn to hiring a private investigator to find: birth mother (or father).
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