This is a small list of resources for late discovery adoptees. We hope these resources are helpful to you in your discovery. This list will be updated over time, so please check back. If you have any suggestions for additional resources (or any corrections) please let us know.
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.
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.
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.
ADOPTION REUNION REGISTRIES (there are many more as well!)
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. Ancestry.com membership not required for DNA testing or to view your results, but it is required if you wish to communicate with people on your DNA match list. We recommend Ancestry as a first DNA test for US-born adoptees searching for their biological family because of their enormous user database. If you were not born in the United States, click here to view the list of countries Ancestry currently offers testing to see if your country of birth is available. Some of these countries include Australia, Canada, Ireland, Romania, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
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. This test is much more expensive than Ancestry, however–at $199 USD. (view medical info included with the 23andme test)
FamilytreeDNA.com – offers a variety of DNA tests for genealogical purposes. Reputable service.
DNA Quest – A pro-bono (free) project from MyHeritage.com for adoptees. You must be an adoptee searching for your biological family to qualify. Although the original deadline has passed, they are currently accepting applicants for their waitlist. Additionally, if you have already tested with another service, you can upload your results to MyHeritage.com for free.
Looking for articles, arts, books, podcasts, documentaries & other adoptee-related content? We suggest visiting this extensive list of adoptee resources from AdopteesOn.