13 Reasons Adoptees Don’t Search for Their Birth Families

There are many reasons that people search for their birth families - and just as many reasons that they don't.

Stephan Petryczka December 25, 2017

Every person whose life story includes adoption is different. Many adoptees wonder about their birth families throughout their childhoods and begin searching the moment they’re old enough to do so. Others feel perfectly content with the information they already have about their origins and are never inclined to go digging around for their roots. Others fall somewhere in between these two poles. There are many reasons that people search for their birth families – and just as many reasons that they don’t. Here are a few things that might be holding you back from starting your own adoption search.

Readers, if you’ve completed an adoption search, what advice would you give to someone who’s on the fence about looking for their birth families?

 

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Stephan Petryczka

Stephan was born in Ukraine, adopted by an American family, and raised outside of New York City. After meeting with his biological family last summer, he has taken steps toward becoming involved in the greater adoptee and orphan service communities. Stephan recently began coordinating programs for the FRUA young adult group. He is currently studying for his Master's of Urban Planning at New York University.


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