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Adoption registry resources


The State of Oregon's Voluntary Adoption Registry and Assisted Search Program recognizes that placing your name on an adoption registry, requesting information from the adoption record, initiating an adoption search or being contacted through the registry or the assisted search process can bring up many feelings and questions. Although the Department of Human Services does not have staff assigned to provide counseling for registrants or persons contacted during a search, we can direct you to several different types of resources which may be helpful.

Supportive individuals can be family members, friends, professional counselors, or clergy. A supportive group might be found through post-adoption services in the licensed agency that did the original placement or a local or national self-help group founded around adoption issues. Outcomes from search and reunion are as varied as the people involved in them. Preparation for positive, negative or no contact should be explored. We urge you to explore your options for assistance.

Where to find a Counselor or Therapist

  • Consult your insurance company for a referral, if you have a health plan restricted to certain providers. Some professionals have sliding fee scales.

  • Call your state's Psychological Association for referrals to
    counselors in your area who specialize in your concerns: adoption, search, reunion, etc. In Oregon call 1-800-541-9798.

  • Check the Yellow Pages under Counselors, Mental Health
    Services, Social Workers, or Psychologists.

  • Consult adoption support groups or agencies for referrals in your area.

  • Ask acquaintances who have been involved in a search or reunion for possible referrals of counselors with experience with these issues.

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The following list of books, other registries and support groups is provided as a resource tool only and is not an endorsement of any book, group or individual.

Books relating to adoption, search and reunion

  • Adoption Reunions, Michelle McColm, Toronto, Second Story Press, 1993.

  • Adoption Wisdom, A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption, Marlou Russell, Ph.d., Broken Branch Productions, 1996

  • Being Adopted:The Lifelone Search for Self, David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall Schecter, M.D., and Robin Henig, New York, Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1992

  • Birth Bond: Reunions Between Birthparents and Adoptees, Judith S. Grediman and Linda P. Brown, Far Hills, N.J., New Horizon Press, 1991

  • Courageous Blessing, Carol Demuth, Garland, TX, Arisa Center, 1993.

  • Lost and Found, The Adoption Experience, Betty Jean Lifton, N.Y., Harper & Row, 1988

  • The Other Mother, Carol Schafer, New York, Soho Press, 1991

  • The Primal Wound, Understanding the Adopted Child, Nancy Newton Verrier, Gateway Press, Inc., 1996

  • Stories of Adoption: Loss and Reunion, Eric Blau, New Sage Press, 1993

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Support groups & registries

Northwest Adoptive Families Association (NAFA)
P.O. Box 25355
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 234-1356


Support groups or for assistance in locating a support group outside of Oregon:

Adoptive Families of America, Inc.
2309 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 535-4829
(888) 372-3300

American Adoption Congress
PO Box 42730
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 483-3399

International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
P.O. Box 2312
Carson City, NV 89702
(775) 882-7755
(Must send a stamped, self-addressed business envelope)


Child Welfare Information Gateway

Children's Bureau/ACYF

1250 Maryland Avenue SW Eighth Floor

Washington DC 20024

703-385-7565 or 800-394-3366

Email:  info@childwelfare.gov  

S.W. Washington Adoption Support
Vancouver, WA
(360) 256-8795
e-mail: wasearcher@msn.com
Meets first Wednesday of the month. Can also help locate a Washington State Confidential Intermediary who is approved by that state to search.

Washington Adoption Reunion Movement
5950 6th Avenue S., Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98108-3317
(206) 767-9510
FAX: (206) 763-4803

WARM is a nonprofit organization dedicated, since 1976, to serving the needs of Washington State adult adoptees and their birth families.

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