CCI Birth Parent Searching and Reunion Group

This private Facebook group provides information, resources, and encouragement for adult Chinese adoptees who are seeking their birth family or are already in reunion. They…

Chile Adoption Birth Family Search

The Chile Adoption Birth Family Search Facebook group is for helping Chilean adoptees to search for their birth families in Chile and reconnect with their…

Korea Adoption Services

KAS allows birth families to search for the biological children and adoptees to search for their biological family. They offer post-adoption services, including birth country…

International Child Search Alliance (ICSA)

This organization was founded in 2018 by an all-volunteer international group of adoptees and adoptive parents. They offer reliable information and promote awareness in China…

Chilean Adoptees Worldwide

This organization is a global platform for Chilean Adoptees. It strives to bring awareness about and connect adoptees and birth families in Chile. Birth family…

DNA Testing for Asian Adoptees

This document is a guide on DNA testing. It explains how DNA testing applies to Asian communities, including Asian international adoptees and adoptees of mixed…

23andMe

23&Me is a popular genetic testing service and using this service is a good start for adoptees on their birth family search journey. Their website…

Ancestry DNA

Ancestry DNA is a popular genealogy company. They offer clear-cut historical insights, rich geographic details, connect you to the places in the world where your…

FamilyTreeDNA

This is a well-known genetic testing company and is a division of Gene by Gene. It was founded in 2000 and pioneered the field of…

MyHeritage

MyHeritage is another popular genealogy platform. They search for people whose DNA matches users. Their technology reveals the percentage of DNA you share with your…

WeGene

WeGene is a Chinese DNA company. Their Personal Genome Service test generates genetic health risk reports using qualitative genotyping to detect select clinically relevant variants…

GEDmatch

GEDmatch is a free DNA site built for genetic genealogy research. They offer users opportunities to engage in forums, compare DNA files with all testing…

China Family Search

This is a resource page for Chinese adoptees interested in searching for birth family. It offers information and resources for both the adoptive parent and…

Research-China

This website details the sociopolitical circumstances of China. It examines the causes of the One Child Policy, as well as recent causes and events regarding…

China DNA

China DNA is a public Facebook group that assists with DNA analysis to help adoptees connect to their Chinese ancestry, genealogy, and heritage.

The Roots of Love

This is a Chinese adoptee family reunion project with multiple professional searchers working in China. They offer free DNA testing for potential birth relatives and…

China – Birthparent search

Birthparent Search is a private Facebook group for Chinese adoptees and adoptive relatives. The goal of this group is to provide support and resources for…

Birth Family Search Russia

The lawyer who heads this organization has undertaken more than 600 birth family searches throughout Russia and former Soviet Republics. This is a great resource…

ReunionEyes

This blog shares an adoptee’s experience about reunion with her birth family. It offers insight about how the experience has impacted her identity and how…

A Family in China

An archive of a podcast that discusses the (birth family) searching journey in multiple perspectives (adoptees, birth parents, & searchers). This is a great resource…

Nikwi Hoogland

In an Instagram page in blog-like format, this resource offers a personal look at an adoptee’s thoughts and experiences about her identity and reunion experience.…

Bao Bei Hui Jia

Bao Bei Hui Jia is a Chinese birth family searching site where users can post searching posters for free. Users are encouraged to provide information…

Nanchang Project

The Nanchang Project is a program for creating community and sharing resources for Chinese adoptees searching for birth family. Their goal is to provide adoptees…

A Mother for Choco

This is a children’s book about a young bird (Choco) who journeys to find a mother who looks just like himself. Eventually, he is taken…

Lucky Girl: A Memoir

This is the true story of Mei-Ling Hopgood, one of the first wave of Asian adoptees to arrive in America. She never identified with her…

Stellaluna

This is a children’s book about a lost young bat who finds her way safely home to her mother and friends. It explores themes of…

All You Can Ever Know

This is a memoir by Korean-American adoptee Nicole Cheung. She tells the story the search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with…

ICAV Post Adoption Services

A list of intercountry and transracial, adoptee-led, post-adoption services located in the US. It includes search reunion services, counseling and therapy services, mentorship programs, and…

Found (2021)

The story of three adopted Chinese-American girls who discover they’re cousins on 23andMe. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront the burning questions…

Approved for Adoption (2012)

An animated film about a Korean adoptee joining a Belgium family and his return to his birth country. The story follows him over the course…

Somewhere Between (2011)

A documentary following the lives of four teenage girls adopted from China. The film explores their struggles with racism, identity formation, belonging, race, gender, and…

Twin Sisters (2013)

This heartwarming documentary is about twin sisters who are adopted by different families. They find their way back to each other via social media. This…

First Person Plural (2000)

A documentary about an 8-year old girl who was adopted by an American family. She later discovers that she has a birth family in Korea.…

Searching for Go-Hyang (1998)

A film about twin sisters who are adopted into the US, but return back to Korea 14 years later. They hope to explore and reconnect…

aka DAN: Korean Adoption Documentary

A documentary about a Korean adoptee who journeys back to Korea to reunite with his biological family — including a twin brother he never knew…

Twinsters (2015)

A documentary about identical twin sisters who were separated at birth and find one another online. They meet, confirm their relationship with a DNA test,…

Blue Bayou (2021)

A movie about a Korean adoptee raised in Louisiana. He struggles to make a better life for his family. However, he must confront his past…

Off and Running (2009)

A movie about an African-American adoptee with white, Jewish lesbians parents and two other adopted siblings beginning to become more curious about their roots. Her…

International Child Search Alliance (ICSA)

An international, all-volunteer group of adoptees and adoptive parents offering sources of information to help Chinese adoptees search for their birth families. There are guides…

Closure (2013)

A transracial adoptee finds her birth mother and meets the rest of her family who did not know she existed, including her birth father. This…

Lion (2016)

A movie about a birth family search based on a true story. A child from India gets lost, taken thousands of miles away from home,…

Twisted Sisterhood

A podcast for birth moms, by birth moms. The hosts discuss their emotions and experiences with adoption. They also feature other birth mom as guests…

Adoption: The Long View Podcast

Host Lori Holden is an adoptive mom and her children are in contact with both of their birth parents. Lori examines the various aspects of…

Adoption Associates: “Openness in Adoption”

A brief article offering suggestions to prospective adoptive parents and current adoptive parents for maintaining transparency in adoption. It discusses birth families, the search and…

Who Am I Really?

A podcast where adoptees of all different backgrounds discuss their adoptions and attempts at reunion with their biological families. Episodes range from 30 minutes to…

Adoptee Hub

This organization is dedicated to connecting, collaborating, and preserving adoption legacies through community, culture, and post-adoption services.

Amanda Baden, PH.D.

Dr. Baden is a licensed psychologist in New York City. She specializes in adoption, but also works with clients struggling with racial, cultural, and identity…