To Search of Not To Search?
This can be a very big question.
There is now widespread social and legal recognition of the adult adoptee’s need and right for information about themselves.
Starting points as you consider searching for your birth parents and birth family would be your age and the prevailing attitudes and laws relevant to adoption at the time of your placement.
On a more personal level would be the social history history information provided at the time of your placement, which you already have, and whether you know of any updates to this information.
Our SEARCH AND REUNION SERVICES guide you in navigating the maze of resources relevant to your search.
Has your decision to begin your search now been sparked by a specific event, such as a marriage, birth or medical issue, or are you mobilizing your long felt desire for contact with the person you seek?
We will help you identify and address your FEARS, and clarify your EXPECTATIONS.
As deemed appropriate, we will discreetly make contact with the person you are searching.
We will support you in receiving the person’s response or, infrequently, in lack of response.
We will assist you in pacing contact with the person/persons with whom you wish to be reunited and we will guide and support you through an intensely emotional and freeing journey which can be expected to have an Impact on and involve members of your birth family and your adoptive family.
by: Betty Ann Streeter, MSW, RSW, Adv.Dip.S.W.
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