If you are searching for a family member separated from you by relinquishment and adoption be sure and include this information in the subject line of your posting AND in your message:
…gender of adoptee
…date of birth of adoptee
…city and state of birth of adoptee
It’s best not to include additional facts from your non-id information. If there is a match based on the above information you want to be able to confirm additional information with the person who has contacted you but does not have the right information unless it is an actual match. This helps to keep a distance between you and scammers who might possibly claim to be your relative or claim to have found your relative based on information that you posted.
To avoid scammers contacting you on ANY of the adoption search related websites on the internet:
It is best if you DO NOT POST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in the body of the message. Also, set the options in your profile to only accept a Private Message so that the person contacting you must go through the forum board to contact you without obtaining your email address. A genuine volunteer will post information to the public message board. If you need help changing the options in your profile contact me and I will assist you.
If you are helping other people search it is wise to never post addresses and phone numbers, social security numbers or driver’s license information of possible relatives. Posting this type of information involves invasive privacy issues and angers the person whose information is being posted without their authorization.
If you contact a search firm to do your search or if a search firm contacts you wanting to charge a search fee there are several very important considerations to request when hiring a search firm:
…a reputable search firm should ALWAYS offer you a contact which you and the firm BOTH sign guaranteeing that you do not pay for a search that does not locate a member of your biological family. If any partial payment as a deposit is requested to begin the search, it must be returned upon demand if you decide that the search is not progressing within a reasonable time period (3-6 months). Do not pay for the search in full before the search starts.
…make sure that the firm’s definition of “find” is not a LIST of people with a similar name and/or comparable age. The only true find is YOUR biological relative …not similar people that you probably are not even related to.
…ask for references and actually contact them!
Looking for B/M I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, November 2, 1961 through the Volunteers of America Program at Willis Knighton Hospital. I am male.
Welcome to the Search and Reunion Message Board!
(For questions about access to adoption related information and records)
Louisiana Department of Social Services
Office of Community Services
Lillian Smith
5700 Florida Boulevard, 8th Floor, P.O. Box 3318
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 216-6925
Fax: (225) 342-4086
Obtaining Non-Identifying Information: Non-identifying information is available to adoptive parents upon placement of a child.
Obtaining Identifying Information: Identifying information is provided through an Adoption Registry.
Using the Adoption Registry: Adopted adults age 21 or older, birth parents, and birth siblings may use the registry. One hour of counseling is required.
Louisiana Adoption Registry
PO Box 3318
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 342-9922
(800) 259-2456
Obtaining an Original Birth Certificate: An adoptee must petition the court in which the adoption was finalized.
Other great websites to check out:
Note: The Baton Rouge area code is now 225. You might want to correct that, because dialing 504 won't get you Baton Rouge. :D
[FONT=Arial]Steps! Louisiana Specific - Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport etc...
1. Contact either the home if it is still in operation or the state if the home is no longer in operation and request the "non-identifying information" for your adoption.
This is a personal site for a maternity home out of New Orleans, but it has some LA search specific help
[URL=""]Protestant Home for Babies[/URL].
2. Register with the state's adoption registry. Birth-family members and adoptees... [URL=""]Adoption Reunion Registry | Department of Children & Family Services | State of Louisiana[/URL] And maybe the International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) [URL=""][/URL]
3. Check out this database of searchers! Get listed...
4. Join the LA online search support Yahoo! groups... they can help! Very important![/FONT][FONT=Arial]
LA. List of Maternity Homes
[URL=""]LA Maternity Homes[/URL]
(Some links are broken, will fix!)
Posted 2010
The Louisiana Voluntary Adoption Reunion Registry
Post Office Box 3318
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
If you have further questions, you may call the Registry at (225)-342-9922 or 1-800-259-2456.