This is a list of resources for recent late discovery adoptees (LDAs) who are trying to make some sense out of everyting. I hope these resources are helpful to you in your discovery, finding your new normal, and can eventually lead you on the path towards healing. This list will be updated over time so please check back. I am also hoping to work with my mom, Hollie, to create a similar support page for birth mothers as well.
American Adoption Congress – an organization that provides education regarding adoption
Adoptee Rights Campaign – a group advocating for adoptee rights, particularly intercountry adoptees
Adoptee Rights Coalition – an organization that seeks to restore adoptee’s legal access to their own records, especially their original birth certificate (OBC)
Adoptee Rights Law Center – an organization, founded by an attorney who is also an adoptee, focusing on the rights of adoptees and the laws that relate to adoption.
New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform & Education – NJ CARE is an organization helping adoptees born in New Jersey with a variety of issues including obtaining their original birth certificate.
ADOPTION REUNION RESOURCES
Adopted.com – a popular adoption reunion registry
Adoption.com – a very popular site offering an adoption registry.
ISRR Adoption Registry – offers an adoption registry for adoptees and biological parents
DNA TESTS FOR ADOPTEES
Ancestry DNA – very popular DNA service & genealogy site with a large user database. I recommend Ancestry for US-born adoptees searching for their biological family. If you were not born in the US, click here to view the list of countries Ancestry currently offers testing in to see if your country of birth is available.
23andme.com – offers standard DNA testing in addition to health & medical screenings. This is an excellent choice for adoptees of any origin hoping to gain some insight into their biological family’s ethnic origins and potential genetic medical issues that may exist.
FamilytreeDNA.com – offers a variety of DNA tests for genealogical purposes. Reputable service. This was actually the first DNA test I did.
FACEBOOK RESOURCES (in no particular order, many more pages & groups are on FB)
The Adoption Museum Project – This Adoptee Life – Adoptees Connect – The Bumbling Adoptee – Overcoming Adoption Trauma – Adoption Trauma Network – Adoptee Rights Coalition – Severance Magazine – Family Preservation 365 – Adoptee Rights Law – American Adoption Congress – Pamela Slaton
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Find a Therapist – Psychology Today can help you find a therapist near you. Search listings in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.
Watershed DNA – a service offering 1-on-1 consults for individuals dealing with difficult emotions following unexpected DNA results.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – US-based service offers free live support 24 hours per day, 356 days per year. You can call or chat online. Visit the website for more information. For a list of international suicide hotlines outside of the US, click here.
Crisis Text Line – a text-based crisis service offering free 24/7 support in the US. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Visit the website for more information. For a list of international suicide hotlines outside of the US click here.
Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – information about C-PTSD
LDA PERSONAL SITES & BLOGS
LateDiscoveryAdoptees.com – website of another LDA
Looking for articles, arts, books, podcasts, documentaries & other adoptee-related content? I suggest visiting this extensive list of adoptee resources from AdopteesOn.