What is an Adoption Search Angel?
There are adoption laws in every state and they tend to vary widely. The facts about adoption are that it can be a complicated and lengthy procedure when searching. Not only are the adoption laws detailed, but secretive and restrictive. Most people searching for their families have a very hard time obtaining the correct information. Most adoption Search Angels are found in the US and many will only help you search if it is a domestic adoption. International adoptions entail a very different search method, and a lot of Search Angels just don’t have the access or ability to search overseas.
An adoption Search Angel is a very special person. They help others find adoptees and birth family because most of the time they have been touched in their life by adoption. Most search angels do what they do out of the want to simply help someone else going through the adoption search. Many are either adoptees, or a birth mother or father that has either found their child, or as an adoptee have found their birth family. They know the personal effects of adoption on the child, or a birth parent or sibling. One of the best things about a Search Angel is that they do it without a price tag involved. They spend countless hours going over data bases of indexes, which can be anything from a telephone book to a birth index.
When you use an adoption Search Angel consider the following facts, and thank your Search Angel often for their help.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Online data base access to subscription plans, books, microfiche, are expensive. Other types of cost a Search Angel might incur would be out of area phone calls and faxes, as well as paying for public records and gas mileage.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Adoption Search Angels know where and how to look. They have insight on information that you might not be aware of. A lot of them also know where a certified genealogist is, or they are one. A certified genealogist is a person that I has the legal right to determine family history and bloodlines.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Angels have connections to others that will be able to provide information for free. There are not a lot of free places to search but they do exist and a Search Angel can help you find them. Search Angels will help one another with cases, and if they don’t have a particular data base or knowledge, they will work together to find an answer.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Even if you live out of state where you suspect your adoption or relinquishment took place, an adoption Search Angel will be able to do the necessary leg work at the local state capitol archives or county courthouse. Look for a search angel closer to the area of where you think you should be looking for your birth family or adoptee.
A Search Angel knows the specific angles of searching that most people just do not know. For example, looking for the same names for siblings in the first and middle name, or even finding the timing of how often a mother had a child. A lot of times, this information is not publicly available but a Search Angel knows how and where to find it for you.
As always, make sure that your angel is qualified to handle your needs. Check their references to see what cases they have handled in the past and what the outcome was. If the Search Angel has never actually found someone you can bet they probably won’t find yours either, but they may be able to provide you with information and sources you wouldn’t otherwise have. Consider reimbursing them for extra cost associated with your case. Remember too that your adoption Search Angel will be helping others to find their families, and that yours is not the only one so be patient and accommodating as you wait for your results.