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How Do You Find Birth Parents If You Were Born Outside The US? A Guide.

It might seem an impossible task, but have hope.

Jennifer Mellon July 29, 2017

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.

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Jennifer Mellon

Jennifer Mellon has worked in the children welfare field for more than a decade, serving in varying capacities as the Executive Director, Member Manager, and Chief Development Officer at Joint Council on International Children’s Services. She also worked for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and served on the Board of the Campagna Center, which provides critical educational services to children and families in the DC Metro region. She currently serves on the Development Board for the National Council for Adoption.She is the Co-Founder and President of Trustify, which she founded with her husband, Danny Boice. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their 5 children.


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