Adoption In The News: Searching For Your Birth Family Through Facebook

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This morning on NBC’s Today Show there was a segment about a 20-year-old girl, Jessica, who with the help of her mother searched for and found her birth mother through Facebook. As it turns out, her birth mother was looking for her through Facebook as well. Eventually Jessica met her birth mother, along with her birth father and 3 siblings, and they plan on staying in touch.

After the segment, which you can watch below, Adam Pertman, the Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Lisa Dawkin of the New York Times, were interviewed about social media and child adoption. Both had the same message as Adoption STAR, that the internet and social media has changed the adoption journey, making it easier for birth families and adoptive families to stay connected, and also, as in this story, making it easier to search and find each other.

Jessica searched for her birth mother with the help of her mother, and that shows the importance of having open communication with your loved ones before beginning any kind of search.

Adoption STAR recently published official recommendation on how to have a healthy relationship via social media as an adoptee, adoptive parent or birth parent. If you have any more questions or would like more information on this topic, please email

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