Myth:You need all the details about the adoption before you can post to a reunion registry.
Fact: If you have the adopted person's date of birth (and if possiblethe state in which the adoption was finalized), this is enough to get started. You can always come back to the reunion registry at a later date to add more information as you receive it.
A reunion registry is one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of searching adoptees and birth family members. Look for a registry that allows you to sort by date, state, or any number of other variables since this will be the best way to get a match.
It was not uncommon in past decades for birthmothers to be kept in the dark about their baby's gender, and long-ago suppressed memories can often result in mistakes in birth dates and other details. Some birthmothers have also reported that they used false names during the adoption process and many years later, have forgotten what those names were. One way to get around this is to include anecdotal information because both adopting and placing families were often given general information about the other:
- religious affiliation
- education completed
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