Since the dawn of intercountry adoptions in the United States post-1945 intercountry adoptions have almost exclusively been “closed.” Children adopted through intercountry adoption had very little access to information regarding their birth or birth family. Most individuals adopted internationally through the 1980s believed that there was no option to find their birth families and never commenced a search or potential reunion.
Since the 1990s, however, more and more individuals who were adopted and their families are searching for information regarding their biological parents or family members. Although in many cases it is still quite difficult to locate birth relatives abroad, it is possible. Knowing the resources and options you have can be incredibly beneficial as you begin your international search.