Advice for an adoptee
February 6, 2014 10:08 AM Subscribe
How do I find my birth parents?
posted by mokin to Human Relations (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Over the years I've grown more curious about my birth parents. I'm 33 years old, and I know that there's a chance they might not even be alive anymore. I'm at a loss as to where to start, or what to do.
I've talked to my parents and asked them what they remember. Apparently my birth mother was a family friend of the doctor who delivered me, and my parents would get occasional updates on what happened to her. That doctor is now deceased. His name was Karl Kennedy and I was delivered at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia. It was a private adoption.
I've considered looking up his wife or family to see if they know anything, but I'm not even sure how to go about doing that.
I've signed up for Pennsylvania's adoption registries, and the International Soundex Reunion Registry.
I'm not sure what my next step should be. I'm thinking about hiring a private investigator, but I don't want to do that unless absolutely necessary, as I can't really afford that.
Does anybody have any experience with this? What should I do next?