Who may Search?
- An adopted adult who is 18 years of age or older.
- A birthparent who terminated parental rights to a child and that child has reached twenty-one years of age.
- Birth siblings after the adopted individual is 21 years old with the consent of the birthparent.
The written consent of both the adult sibling and any living genetic parent of the adopted individual is required for release of identifying information to a birth sibling.
What are the options for search?
Non-identifying information - information regarding physical description of birth families, education, interests, and health at the time. Typically provided to the agency at the time of adoptive placement.
Identifying Search* - the agency searches for the birth family/adopted adult to see if they are open to contact
*If you need current medical information, you will need to complete an identified search.
Catholic Charities North Dakota can help you...
- Begin this process by providing the necessary forms to complete.
- Provide you with non-identifying information about the person you are searching for.
- Initiate the identified search.
The individual contacted has the right to have direct or indirect contact or may decline contact.
If the search request is declined, your social worker will attempt to answer questions and provide support.
To begin your search or learn more, please contact Kris Haycraft at (701) 235-4457 or via email.
For years I prayed about this search and reunion process. I could not have asked or prayed for a better reunion and immediate connec tion to my birth mom. I have even made contact with some of her sibings, my uncles & aunts, and even some cousins. All have been welcoming and excited to some day meet me... Thank you for your tenderness, understanding, and overall support during this process.