Adopted For Good: The Coalition of AdopteesTM has several resources and articles for adopted individuals. The organization also has an online community for adopted individuals to connect with each other.
Culture camps are a great opportunity for children adopted internationally to learn about and experience the culture of their country of birth. A culture camp might include an opportunity to travel to your country of origin or it might be an opportunity to learn and experience with children born in the same country at a location nearer to home. Common activities at culture camps include language lessons, traditional dances, cooking and eating the food of a culture, learning about the holidays celebrated, and more – all in ways that are age appropriate and adoption sensitive.
To find a culture camp, contact your adoption professional or search for adoption agencies who have programs in a specific country through our country updates page. Many agencies host culture camps or culture-based events.
The laws on accessing birth records and health and background information varies depending on the state laws, the time an adoption took place, and the decisions made by birth parents and adoptive parents at the time of the adoption. In more recent adoptions, there is often some amount of openness and the information on birth records is typically known – in some cases, adoptive parents may even have a copy of original and adoptive birth certificates in safekeeping for adopted children. It is also common practice that health and background information was openly exchanged and some level of contact and openness remains available to update this information as necessary. However, this culture of openness was not always the case. In adoptions in previous years, birth records and the identity of birth parents and children placed for adoption may not be known to one another. For birth parents or adopted people looking to learn more about the other for health, background, birth record, or other reasons there are options for search. First, begin with the agency or attorney that facilitated the original placement. Most adoption professionals today provide support and reunion services. If those services are not available, some have found success utilizing other search options. When searching for adoption information when an adoption was previously confidential, NCFA encourages that it be done in a sensitive way for the protection of all parties involved. We believe systems of mutual consent allow for this. (Learn more about mutual consent here). The use of registries, state vital records offices, placing adoption agencies, and appropriate confidential intermediary support can help this process to go smoothly for everyone involved.
Registry options include:
NCFA does not endorse any particular registry or service. This information is provided for reference only.