Searching for your biological parent or child?
We can assist you…
Approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population (or about 6 million Americans) is adoptees. Including biological parents, adoptive parents and siblings, this means that 1 in 8 Americans are directly touched by adoption.
Surveys show that a majority of these adoptees and birth parents have searched for biological parents or children separated by adoption. Some reasons include medical knowledge, the desire to know more about the person’s life, or a major life event, such as the death of an adoptive parent or the birth of a child. The most common reason given, however, is genetic curiosity – a desire to find what a birth parent or child looks like, their talents, and their personality.
Whatever your reasons for searching, it is important to know that it will be a difficult, emotional adventure, full highs and lows. Once you’re ready, these steps will help you get started on the journey.
Since Act 101 of 2010 was passed in Pennsylvania, specific individuals may request information that is non-identifying, identifying and request contact with family members.
Non-identifying information may include:
- Medical history
- Health status
- Cause of and age at death
- Height, weight, eye, hair color
- Ethnic origins
- Level of education
- Professional achievement
Identifying information may include:
- Full name
- Criminal record
The following entities are authorized to access court or agency records for the purpose of releasing information:
- The court which finalized the adoption;
- The agency that coordinated the adoption; or
- A successor agency authorized by the court which finalized the adoption.
Children’s Aid Society has been authorized to conduct searches for adoptees and birth parents.
To Contact Us:
Phone: (814) 765-2686
Fax: (814) 765-6530