Christian Adoption Services offers our past clients Post-Adoption Search and Disclosure services to assist adopted adults, birth siblings, and birth parents in establishing a mutually agreed upon relationship with one another. Search and reunion will have a significant impact on your life, as well as on the lives of many others involved. It is normal and expected to have many questions and a wide range of emotions, such as excitement, anxiety, fear, and impatience. Our staff is prepared to assist and support you as you inquire and start the Search process.
Who May Search?
Because CAS is a licensed adoption agency in both states of North Dakota and Minnesota, we are also able to conduct searches for our clients in both states. Adopted adults, birth siblings, and birth parents are all able to initiate a search; however, the age at which Search can legally be done varies from state to state. Please contact our agency to find out which state laws apply to your particular case. You can also learn more about the laws in both ND & MN by viewing the FAQs pages below.
We will provide you with a non-identifying report that includes information contained in the agency file about the individual who is being searched for. It may include physical descriptions, education, interests, family members, and health at the time in which the file was open. We will do our best to provide as much information as we can about the individual, but we are limited to only sharing what is found in the file and we are not able to share any identifying information under this option.
If you are interested in receiving updated medical information, or if you want to contact the individual and develop a relationship, you can request that the agency search for the individual to see if he/she is willing to provide the information and/or is open to communicating with you. If they agree, you and the individual can choose to correspond through the agency or you may agree to exchange email, addresses, and phone numbers to correspond directly with each other. An Agency representative is available to help you consider which type of contact is best for you and to assist in facilitating a first meeting.
*Please note: The individual being searched for has the right to have direct or indirect contact with you, as well as the right to decline this contact. If contact is declined, we are not able to reimburse the required fee. However, we will certainly encourage the individual to at least provide an update of medical information and write a letter explaining why he/she does not feel ready or comfortable to have contact.
How We Can Help...
- Provide free first consultation in order to discern if this is a good time in your life to begin a search, as it may bring up a variety of emotions.
- Provide accurate information about the search process and which search laws would apply to your particular case.
- Provide the necessary forms for you to complete.
- Provide a non-identifying report about the person you are searching for.
- Initiate the identified search when you feel emotionally ready & prepared.
- Assist in facilitating a first meeting with the individual (if applicable).
at 701-237-4473 or destrie@CASfamily.org
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