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Hitting A Brick Wall – How To Keep Going With Your Adoption Search When All Hope Seems Lost

By Aidan Bradshaw / October 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Hitting A Brick Wall – How To Keep Going With Your Adoption Search When All Hope Seems Lost

The journey of searching for your birth family is a difficult and emotional one and often takes a lot of courage to embark on in the first place. Every search by an adoptee is unique to them, some may find the answers that they are looking for with relative ease. For others, they may hit…

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Searching For Your Birth Parents: Open vs. Closed Adoption | The Adoption Specialist

Searching For Your Birth Parents: Open vs. Closed Adoption

By Aidan Bradshaw / September 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Searching For Your Birth Parents: Open vs. Closed Adoption

Every search for birth parents is unique and obtaining information, or having any information to begin with, can be determined by whether the adoption was “open” or “closed”. Don’t let this put you off however, at The Adoption Specialist we have a wealth of knowledge and experience when searching for biological families in both cases.…

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Exploring Your Cultural Heritage As An Adoptee

By Aidan Bradshaw / August 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Exploring Your Cultural Heritage As An Adoptee

Embarking on the journey to search for your biological family as an adoptee can be a complex and anxious time. If you are an adoptee from a transracial family or an adoptee of international adoption, connecting with your biological cultural heritage can also be challenging and involve emotions around identity, sense of self and feeling…

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Continuing Your Search After the Loss of a Biological Parent

Continuing Your Search After the Loss of a Biological Parent

By Aidan Bradshaw / August 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Continuing Your Search After the Loss of a Biological Parent

As an adoptee searching for biological parents, it is natural to hope that you may one day get to meet them and discover more about your family history, gain answers to questions that you have, and perhaps, build a relationship with them in the future. For some adoptees however, the end result can sometimes be…

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Searching for an Adopted Sibling

Searching for an Adopted Sibling

By Aidan Bradshaw / July 20, 2022 / Comments Off on Searching for an Adopted Sibling

When searching for your birth family it’s not uncommon to discover that you have half or even full siblings that you didn’t know of before. So, what happens now you’ve discovered one of your siblings was also adopted and is still out there somewhere? Naturally, many feel the urge to continue their search in order…

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Reuniting with your Biological Family Part 2 - Managing Expectations | The Adoption Specialist

Reuniting with your Biological Family Part 2 – Managing Expectations

By Aidan Bradshaw / July 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Reuniting with your Biological Family Part 2 – Managing Expectations

Following on from Part 1 of this blog where we looked at the common misconceptions around adoption, here we look at how to manage your expectations when planning a reunion with your biological family.  If you are at a point in your search journey to make the initial contact and meet with your newly discovered…

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Searching for Your Birth Family - Top Tips for Adoptees

Reuniting with your Biological Family Part 1 – Common Misconceptions

By Aidan Bradshaw / June 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Reuniting with your Biological Family Part 1 – Common Misconceptions

Whether you’ve worked with The Adoption Specialist, or have discovered your biological family with the use of DNA testing or other means, meeting and building a relationship with estranged family members can be an amazing and heartwarming experience, however it can also be an emotional and daunting prospect. Reservations are normal though and being nervous…

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Using Autosomal DNA to Identify Biological Relatives

Using Autosomal DNA to Identify Biological Relatives

By Aidan Bradshaw / June 10, 2022 / Comments Off on Using Autosomal DNA to Identify Biological Relatives

For those of you at the start of their journey to find their biological family, we at The Adoption Specialist suggest the first step you take be to order a DNA test. How Can a DNA Test Help With my Search? Often people looking for their birth families are entering into their search with little…

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How to Prepare to be Contacted by Your Birth Parents | The Adoption Specialist

How to Prepare to be Contacted by Your Birth Parents

By Aidan Bradshaw / May 16, 2022 / Comments Off on How to Prepare to be Contacted by Your Birth Parents

For some adoptees, it may come as a surprise when they are contacted by their birth parents or family. Searching may have been something that an adoptee may have considered, but not necessarily felt ready to do. As an adoptee there are, of course, many emotions and points to consider before you meet your birth…

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What Information Do You Need to Find Your Birth Parents? | The Adoption Specialist

What Information Do You Need to Find Your Birth Parents?

By Aidan Bradshaw / May 6, 2022 / Comments Off on What Information Do You Need to Find Your Birth Parents?

Making the decision to go in search of your birth family is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your life. Often, many people don’t know where to start their search or worry whether or not they even have enough information to even start their search. This is where The Adoption Specialist comes…

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