Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Finding Birthparents

On Monday, The LA Times ran an article called “Adoptive families' quests to trace Chinese roots often meet dead ends

This article featured one family who went to China and within minutes of putting up a poster at their daughter’s finding site found her birthparents. At the same time there are success stories, there are also stories of failures. Another family featured in the article has traveled to China 13 times and has yet to locate their daughters’ birthparents.

Changfu Chang, associate professor at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa has created a number of
documentaries about adoption in China. In the LA Times article, “Chang says he knows of perhaps 20 adoptive families who have located birth relatives of their children, a minuscule number considering the more than 60,000 Chinese babies adopted by Americans since the early 1990s.”

Have your children asked you to find their birthparents? Have you travelled to China to look for your child’s birthparents or are you planning to? If you have gone, what did you do to find them? If you are thinking of going, what are planning to do to find them?

Karen Maunu LWB


  1. Thank you so much for this post! We are in the process of adopting. One of the questions from family over the holidays was if our daughter wanted to find her birth parents, would we help her. Our answer was of course we'd help her. Although, I did explain that it would be hard to do. Thank you so much for giving me an ideas of how this is possible. I'm excited to hear what everyone comments! God's blessings, Sarah :D

  2. I would ABSOLUTELY love to find my son's birth parents! They are part of him!
    I have heard of people hiring a private detective, but not always with much luck.
    I think we will have to wait and see as he gets older how he would feel about trying with the knowledge that it is highly unlikely that we will every really find them...if they would even want to be found.