Find Your Birth Parents in California

If you’re looking for your birth parents in the Golden State, Origins Genealogy can help you find them.

I Found My Birth Parents and Can Help You Find Yours.

Hi there, I'm Jenny Wallentine

I co-founded Origins Genealogy to connect adult adoptees with their birth parents. But before that, I lived the journey.

Now, I’ve assembled a world-class team dedicated to reuniting you with your biological family.

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I'm an Adult Adoptee Like You.

Like you, I was placed for adoption. Like you, I wanted to find my birth parents.

I tracked down my birth mother when I was nearly 30 years old.

When I was 50, I connected with my biological father.

At Origins Genealogy, we’re more than a birth parent finding service. We’re a birth parent finding service that has lived it.

Finding My Birth Parents Was Long and Difficult.
Finding Yours Doesn't Have to Be.

I learned a lot through finding my birth family. Knowing where I came from was transformative and gave me a sense of power I hadn’t realized was missing.

It filled me with a sense of joy and relief that’s difficult to put into words.

I started Origins to give other adoptees the same positive, life-changing experience I had.

Minus the challenges I faced.

Let’s cut out the decades-long search and skip to the part where you get to connect with your birth parents.

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The Origins Genealogy Advantage

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Origins is a full-service genetic genealogy firm that uses the genealogy proof standard.

We combine the latest in DNA testing with traditional genealogical methods:

  • Archival research
  • Social media research
  • Online database sleuthing
  • and more

Our researchers are the best in the business.

Whether you’re looking for your biological dad, your birth mom, a half-sibling, or any other biological family member, Origins Genealogy can help.

We offer free case reviews and will help you understand every option in your quest to find your biological parents.

Our fast-growing genealogy research firm will never be too busy to provide the personal attention your unique journey deserves.

We Find Birth Parents. If We Don't Find Yours, You Pay NOTHING.

If Origins Genealogy takes your case, we will find your birth parents or refund your money–GUARANTEED!

With our money-back guarantee, what’s stopping you from finding your biological parents?

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After years of frustration trying to solve the puzzle on my own, Origins staff were able to find the mystery birth father very quickly. They provided a comprehensive report outlining the DNA matrix that proved the person, with bonus background info and photos.”
—Deb C, Google review

Origins Genealogy has a 100% success rate identifying biological parents for cases we have accepted. 

Our customer service is second-to-none, and our client reviews show it.

Benefits of Finding Your Birth Parents

For those who were raised with their biological parents, it may not seem important for an adoptee to find birth parents. Like so many other things in life, it’s hard to understand how someone feels unless you have walked in their shoes.

The best way to describe it would be like wearing a pair of shoes that protected your feet, kept them warm and dry, and looked good with your clothes, but only you could tell that they just didn’t fit right. Maybe they rubbed your heel wrong or they were too narrow. Only an adoptee knows what that feels like.

Fortunately, there are ways to get the shoe to fit just right. This can happen when you find your birth parents. No matter how wonderful your adoptive family is, the nagging unanswered questions can be uncomfortable like ill-fitting shoes.

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Adoptee can learn the truth when finding birth parents

TRUTH

Adoptees rarely know why they were placed for adoption or what the circumstances were that led to the decision to place them for adoption. We have all heard the saying that the truth can set you free.
Learning about a birth parent’s circumstances can be very enlightening. Knowing their stories can bring empathy and clarity and allow adoptees to view themselves and their birth parents in a more healthy, positive way.
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FORGIVENESS

For some adoptees, being given up for adoption can feel like being abandoned. Nobody wants to feel discarded like trash.

Knowing the truth of his or her birth mother’s circumstances can help an adoptee to better process the past, forgive, and let go of feelings of abandonment.

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HEALING

Feelings of abandonment can leave some adoptees with issues such as separation anxiety and low self-esteem.

It’s easy to have negative, confused, or even angry feelings about having been placed for adoption.

Knowing the truth can bring a sense of peace and closure that benefits adoptees as well as their close family members.
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CONNECTION

Knowing your birth parents means knowing your heritage, knowing your people. It provides a sense of finally knowing exactly where you fit. You finally know who you look like and can learn more about your unique personal family heritage.

This connection to past generations can broaden your self-identity and provide an even greater sense of belonging.

You may decide to learn a new language, visit a country where your ancestors lived or explore a new culture. This can make the shoe fit just right.

How Can I Find My Birth Parents For Free in California?

If you want to search for your mom or dad on your own in the State of California, here are some tips for you.

Be warned, however: searching for biological parents on your own can be a long and frustrating process.

Some of these initiatives will cost some money, others will cost only your time.

Hopefully, these will get you started in the right direction.

Get Hold of Your California Adoption Records

Your California adoption records—including your original birth certificate from the State of California—will give you a lot of information about your birth family.

Understand that the State of California treats identifying information differently from non-identifying information.

Getting Non-Identifying Information About Your Adoption in California

Non-identifying information includes demographic info and “the health, behavioral health, developmental, educational, and social histories of the child and the child’s parents and other birth relatives” (“Access to Adoption Records“). Such information can include the following:

  • The adopted child’s birthdate and birthplace
  • The ages of the birth father and mother
  • Physical characteristics of the birth father and mother, such as eye color or hair color
  • The birth parents’ medical history, religion, or ethnicity
  • The birth parents’ occupations and educational backgrounds
  • The reason the birth parents placed the child for adoption (extenuating financial circumstances, pressure from family members, etc)
  • Biological siblings from the either or both birth parents

If you were adopted in the State of California in a closed adoption, and if you’re 18 years old or above, you can receive non-identifying information about your adoption.

To get non-identifying information, you need to send a formal written request to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Or, you can submit a request to the licensed California adoption agency that placed you.

Your request letter must include the following:

  • Your complete name
  • Your birth date
  • The place of your birth
  • Your adoptive parents’ full names
  • Your signature.

Your letter must be notarized and must be submitted in person or by mail; they don’t allow email or fax.

California Department of Social Services
Adoptions Support Unit
744 P Street, M.S. 8-12-31
Sacramento, CA 95814

Clueless About My Adoption Agency

If you don’t know the name of the licensed California adoption agency that handled your adoption, you can send a letter to CDSS and they will provide you with the agency’s contact information. 

My Request is Denied: What To Do?

If the California Department of Social Services or the adoption agency refuses to provide non-identifying information, you may petition the court to have the department’s or agency’s decision reviewed for reasonableness.

Getting Identifying Information About Your Adoption In the State of California

Identifying info is—surprise!—information that could help identify the “birth parents, the adult adoptee, or other birth relatives” (AAR).

Identifying info may include the following:

  • Names of the birth father and mother
  • The birth name of the adopted child (which may be different from the name your adopted parents subsequently assigned you)
  • Addresses where either birth parent has lived
  • Companies where either birth parent has worked
  • Social security numbers of the birth parents
  • Contact information of the birth parents, such as email addresses or phone numbers
  • Certain types of medical information

To obtain identifying information about your biological parents and your California adoption, you must be at least 21 years old. 

Similarly to non-identifying info, you start by submitting a request to CDSS. 

However, there may be a hitch.

The California Mutual Consent Program

California has a program that functions much like an adoption reunion registry. Called the California Mutual Consent Program (CMCP), it allows birth parents to specify whether they wish to be contacted by the child they placed for adoption.

(CMCP also allows for the reverse: an adult adoptee may specify whether they are open to a reunion with their biological parents. You can submit your preference via the Consent to Contact form.)

If you are of age, and if your parents have not specified against you contacting them, the state will release identifying information to you upon formal request (see above).

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Getting Your California Original Birth Certificate

Gaining access to your original birth certificate in California isn’t exactly easy.

First, you’ll need to file a petition to the Superior Court’s clerk office in the county in which the adoption was finalized.

Every county’s Superior Court in California works a bit differently.

Check your county court’s contact information at https://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm.

After the County Court Grants The Original Birth Certificate

If you receive an order from the Superior Court to unseal the original birth certificate, send the order to the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records along with a $25.00 fee.

California Department of Public Health
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 997410, M.S. 5103
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone Number: (916) 557-6074 or (916) 445-8494
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cdph.ca.gov

Participate in Adoption Reunion Registries

An adoption reunion registry is like a dating site, only for adult adoptees to reconnect with their birth parents. If you’re lucky, the reunion registry will work for you.

Keep in mind, however, that the adoption reunion registry route will depend on the following:

  • Your lost family members are actively trying to find you
  • Your parent is participating in adoption reunion registries
  • Your parent is signed up to the same adoption registry you are.

Of course, if you have the time and dedication, you can register in all of them and hope that your dad or mom are doing the same.

Talk to Your Adoptive Parents and Extended Family

This is something you should probably do anyway. Hopefully, your adoptive dad and mom are supportive of your journey.

They may also remember details that could guide you in narrowing down your search.

Take a Genealogical DNA Test

When Origins Genealogy finds birth parents for our clients, the first step is always an AncestryDNA test.

You can also take a DNA test on your own and look for close matches.

If members of your birth family have taken the same DNA test (e.g., Ancestry, 23andMe, etc), you will see them in your test results as close DNA matches.

(At Origins, we upload your results to several other DNA databases to broaden the chances of getting a match).

With luck, you can identify your dad, mom, or other birth family members in your results.

Often, however, results are far from clear-cut and you may find yourself looking at a muddle of vague genetic connections, with no clear indication how to proceed or make sense of it all.

Side note: you might appreciate our recent comparison of the Ancestry vs 23andMe DNA tests.

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How the Origins Genealogy Process Works

Step 1

1st Step: Let's Get Your DNA Test Results

We partner with Ancestry©️ because they have the largest database of all DNA testing companies out there. Since Ancestry©️ is the largest DNA database, and they allow us to download a copy of your DNA, we then upload the raw DNA data to other available databases: MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, Genomelink, and GEDMatch.

The purpose of uploading DNA data to other databases is to “cast the largest net” and allow us to include all the possible DNA matches before we analyze the results.

Already taken a DNA test?

If you have taken a DNA test other than Ancestry©️ (such as 23andMe©️, for example), we still will need genetic testing from Ancestry©️ because they have the largest database, but do not allow DNA matches from other databases (such as 23andMe©️) to be uploaded into their database.

If you already took a DNA test from Ancestry©️, then you are ready to move onto our upload and analysis service (2nd step).

Haven't Taken a DNA Test with Ancestry©️?

No worries, we have Ancestry©️ kits available… Purchase HERE through us and receive a $10 discount over Ancestry’s©️ regular price! Once you have sent in your DNA sample and have your results, contact us for our upload and analysis service for your next step.

Step 2

2nd Step: Upload and Analysis

After you received your DNA results, we will now do the ‘Upload and Analysis.’ This is the 2nd step we do to find your birth parents or relatives.

During this process, we will download a copy of your DNA and upload it into four other databases we are partnered with:

  • MyHeritage
  • Genomelink
  • GEDMatch
  • FamilyTreeDNA).

While your DNA is being uploaded, we ask that you send us a detailed email of any information you may know about your biological relatives, your closed adoption, surnames of parents, birth dates/locations, family relationships, and any other relevant information.

We often find that people have some information, even if it is small, that can be helpful to us.

Step 3

3rd Step: Reviewing Your DNA Test Results

Once we complete the 2nd step (‘Upload and Analysis’), you will have a personal phone call with Jenny Wallentine to go over the results we found.

If you do have enough close DNA matches needed for us to find your relative, we will then provide you with a custom quote. Should you choose to accept our proposal, we will deduct the first initial $300 ‘Upload and Analysis’ fee from the quote.

Most of our genealogy service packages range between $1,800-$2,600. Normally, these packages with the accompanying reports take us between 2-4 weeks to complete.

In the rare event that there aren’t enough close DNA matches, we will notify you to keep an eye out for DNA matches in a certain range of centiMorgans.
” A centiMorgan is a measurement of how much DNA you share with another person. The higher the number, the more closely you are related. Over time, as more DNA is entered, you will have more matches and we may be able to help you then reach your goals.”

Step 4

4th Step: Research and Reporting

Once you have agreed for us to find your biological parent, we start the research. We spend hours providing DNA charting to show you how we concluded that X is your parent.

We also provide you with online records (original birth certificate, death certificate, divorce decree, adoption records, etc.), documents, newspaper clippings, photos, and contact information for close relatives.

This requires the use of genetic genealogy, traditional genealogy, access to many databases, and some detective work. Our packages are very detailed.

When your project is completed, you will receive a phone call from us and the file will be emailed to you.

Step 5

5th Step: Professional Liaison For Initial Contact

Origins Genealogy loves happy endings. And there’s no ending more happy than a good adoption reunion.

As an adult adoptee, it is not always easy to reach out to your birth parent. It can be quite a shock for the parent receiving the call.

After Origins has identified who the birth parents and birth family are, for an additional fee, we can make the initial contact for you.

As a neutral party, we can smooth the way for your first contact by crafting introduction letters, gathering photos to send, providing the research, and answering questions to ensure accurate information. This provides a comfortable and safe environment for all parties which generally leads to a much smoother transition to getting to know each other.

“My half-brother got my dad to talk to me for the first time on the phone and I lost it. Despite spending years imagining and practicing what I would do, hearing his voice was sooo moving, I couldn’t gather myself together. Remember, I was 50 years old. He said… Hello, Jenny… this is your father.”

—Jenny Wallentine

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Imagine, in just a few weeks you could know your birth parent(s) for the first time!

“When you start, it can feel like a daunting task to find a family member. Fortunately, we’re here to help! With Origins Genealogy, this search will be easier than ever before and not just restricted to the pages of dusty old books anymore.

It is only natural when starting out finding a birth parent that some questions arise as soon as one steps into uncharted territory. Who better to ask those questions than someone who has been there all along?

Thankfully, we’ve got experts on hand and me personally to help. With Origins, your family history is no longer a thing of the past. Trust our experts to map out your pedigree, find missing relatives and discover your ancestors’ stories.”

—Jenny Wallentine

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(You need an Ancestry©️ DNA Kit FIRST before you can begin with UPLOAD & ANALYSIS)
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What Sets Us Apart:
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We offer a quick turnaround.

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We have strict quality control.

(We check every detail for accuracy.)

We’re one of the world’s top-rated full-service genealogy firms. We have decades of worldwide research experience and specialize in using DNA technology. 

We offer unparalleled results in locating old family photos and stories, mapping out pedigrees, finding birth parents, discovering the whereabouts of living relatives, and connecting family members.

Our researchers have vast genealogical knowledge, accreditations, degrees, at least a decade of experience, or unique, highly specialized skills with proven high performance.

Personalized attention. Your project will be customized to meet your unique needs and goals. We enjoy exceeding expectations.

In short, Origins is second to none when it comes to personalized genetic genealogy assistance!

Find Your Birth Parents in California FAQ

We offer flexible pricing tiers to help you get the best value for your particular case when hiring us to locate your birth family in California. You can view these genealogy packages on our services page.

Absolutely. Finding your biological dad works the same whether you were adopted or not. Regardless of the reason of his being separated from your life, we still use DNA analysis and other research methods to pinpoint his identity and allow you to get in touch with him.

If you already know your birth mother, our job is easier. You have the DNA of two parents in your genome, but knowing one parent helps us isolate that parent’s genome out of the equation and focus solely on the genome of the missing parent.

It can be frustrating to have no information about your birth parents. However, a DNA test is always the first step, as it can reveal so much.

In some cases, Origins can identify your birth parents from DNA results alone. In other cases, we must bolster genetic testing results with other types of research.

You’ll never know until you take the test. Head on over to the Origins DNA testing page to begin.

If Origins Genealogy takes your case and fails to locate your biological parents, we will refund 100% of your package price.

However, with our 100% success rate, the chance of us not finding your dad or mom is highly unlikely.

Origins has a payment plan to help you afford our genealogy services. If the cost of our packages is prohibitive, just ask us what payment options are available to you.

Yes, Origins Genealogy can help you connect with adopted siblings, half-siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, or other biological relatives. The process works similarly to if you were searching for your biological mom or dad: a genealogical DNA test followed by a consultation with Jenny Wallentine.

It can be frustrating when you can’t get your original California birth certificate and other adoption records unsealed. But it doesn’t have to be the end.

Origins Genealogy often can find your biological relatives with DNA matching and our amazing detective work—even without your sealed adoption records.

For a small fee, we can upload a copy of your raw DNA data to multiple databases. With access to all your closest DNA matches, we can study them to see where their pedigrees connect.

We can evaluate your particular case. If we believe your DNA matches provide enough information to succeed in your goals, we will provide a guarantee. There will be no risk of “paying for nothing in return.”

Yes! Many DNA matches are not instantly identifiable and don’t respond to in-system messaging. There are many ways around this.

For example, some have uncommon names, and so it’s possible to obtain their phone numbers through a subscription database and reach them that way to confirm they took a DNA test and learn their lineage.

Other times we can use a subscription newspaper database to find an obituary naming a DNA match’s parents. Once we get back far enough, additional birth records and census records for the family are in the public domain, and we can therefore frequently chart the pedigree of a DNA match even if they don’t respond to messaging through Ancestry or 23andMe or one of the other DNA databases.

For some reason, it’s frequently the closest and most helpful DNA match who will not respond. Once we chart the other matches (for example, second cousin matches) to see how their trees connect, we can often pinpoint the right family and identify the closest DNA match through this analysis.

Individuals taking DNA tests frequently use aliases. We often discover that the same alias has been used in other places online along with a DNA match’s full name. Other times, if we add an “@gmail.com” to the end of their alias it pulls up as a working email address and we can contact the DNA match that way. These are just a few examples of the initial detective work and traditional genealogy work done to identify and chart DNA matches.

We do not have a one-size-fits-all price. We evaluate each case individually. Based on the number of DNA matches, we will custom tailor a package for you.

Most searches for birth parents cost between $1800-$2600, and we have a 100% success rate to date with a money back guarantee.

Origins subscribes to many subscription databases that allow us to digitally search phone and address records, obituaries, and other data. We have nearly a 100% track record finding contact information for living people through subscription databases, social media, and detective work.

We specialize in making those first sensitive phone calls introducing an adoptee to his or her birth family. We help an adoptee write a letter of introduction with photos.

We share DNA charting and explain how the DNA data prove the family relationship. We share every good thing we have come to know about the adoptee, which also helps reassure newly-discovered biological family members that it is safe to connect.

We help set up initial phone calls or meetings with the family. Since we are a third party representing the adoptee as opposed to the individual adoptee, the initial phone calls are less emotionally charged.

Family members have space to process the information, study the data and ask questions. When the first contact with the adoptee is made later, they know they are speaking with a true relative.

Yes! As professional genealogists, we often do this for our clients. We act as a neutral party to help ease the adoption reunion.

We can provide DNA charting to explain the genetic relationship, share letters, photos, and more about each other. Our liaison service offers a safe environment for both sides to experience healing and reconciliation with a minimum of awkwardness. 

If you’d like our help with your adoption reunion, call (801) 500-0900 today!

In terms of locating your birth parents, our process is the same whether your adoption was transracial or not. Genetics work the same, regardless of whether your adoptive family shared your ethnic heritage or not.

That said, every piece of identifying information helps us home in on your biological family. Your ethnicity could be an important piece of the genetic genealogy puzzle.

Yes, when it comes to using our genetic genealogy and archival research skills to reunite you to your birth parents, a California foster care adoption works the same as an adoption that was done through an adoption agency.

Regardless of the type of  adoption, Origins uses the results of a genealogical DNA test to look for potential genetic matches already in the databases of Ancestry.com and other genealogy websites.

Based on our findings, we supplement the DNA testing results with deep archival research, online detective work, and whatever else we need to do to maintain our 100% success rate!

If you were a foster child who was adopted in California, Origins can help you meet your birth parents. Call Origins Genealogy at (801) 500-0900 and we’ll get all your questions answered.

While it may be possible in some cases to find your birth parents on your own with a little research, in many cases an adult adoptee will need to invest some cash. 

A genealogical DNA test, for example, costs money, as does access to many online genealogy databases.

And of course, if you hire a professional genetic genealogy company such as Origins, that will cost money as well.

With our 100% success rate and our money-back guarantee, it will be one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll have made.

Yes, Origins helps adult adoptees connect with their biological parents regardless of the religion or ethnicity of the adoptee, the adoptive family, and the biological family.

In the search for your birth relative, we perform the same genetic and archival detective work regardless of whether you were adopted in a Jewish adoption, Christian adoption, Islamic adoption, or secular adoption.

Knowing you were adopted in a Jewish adoption, though, gives us an additional piece of the puzzle that can help us get to the truth faster.

Yes, if you have a biological sibling who was adopted in California—either through a foster adoption, or through a California adoption agency—Origins Genealogy can help you find and connect with him or her.

Origins can help you reunite with any living biological family member, from adopted siblings to birth parents to aunts, uncles, or other kinship relations.

Many adopted persons love and respect their adoptive family and worry that searching for birth relatives will signal or dissatisfaction with their adoptive parents.

It’s important, however, to keep in mind that your longing to connect with your biological relatives is deepseated and very common among adopted children. It is not a referendum on your adoptive parents and their parenting.

The best you can do is honestly and respectfully share your feelings with your adoptive family, making sure to let them know that you love and respect their contribution to your life and that you need to meet your birth parents for YOU.

While it’s helpful to know your biological parents’ names, such knowledge is not a prerequisite to finding them. With a genealogical DNA test and our crack team of researchers, chances are that Origins Genealogy can locate them with or without their names.

  1. Gather any information you can about them from family members, adoptive parents, or anyone else that may know them.
  2. Check with California adoption registries.
  3. If you know the name of the California adoption agency that placed you, talk to them.
  4. Enlist the help of a genealogy service such as Origins Genealogy

In most cases, yes, your biological parents want you to find them. Generally, when parents give a child up for adoption, they spend the rest of their lives wondering if they made the right choice and thinking about how that child is doing.

In most cases, biological parents welcome a reunion with the child they gave up for adoption. If you parents are the rare exception and don’t want a relationship with you, then that’s a risk worth taking, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you rather take your chances and find out?

Biological mothers, especially, are often haunted by the choice they made to place their child for adoption. Many were young, single mothers when they placed for adoption, and were unable to adequately provide for their child. Many face persistent feelings of failure.

Your birth mother probably wants you to find her.

Many biological fathers are unaware that they fathered a child, much less that they have a child who was placed with adoptive parents. For these birth dads, a reunion can come as an extra shock because they’re also learning for the first time that they’re a dad.

“Parent” conveys several different realities: legal, practical, and biological.

Legally, adoptive parents are the “real” parents: they have legal custody and decisionmaking power for the adopted child.

Practically, adoptive parents are the “real” parents: they act the role of parents, including feeding, nurturing, teaching, and all of the other countless roles parents play in the raising of their children.

Biologically, adoptive parents are not the “real” parents, as the children don’t carry their genes. The “birth parents,” “biological parents” or whatever other term we want to use are the “real” parents in a strictly biological sense.

It might be possible to find your father for free; each situation is different. Here’s a good place to start.

  1. Enter his last name on people search engines (BeenVerified, Spokeo, PeopleFinder, WhitePages, TruthFinder, etc) and use different variations of his first name, such as diminutives, initials, etc.
  2. Look for matches that are approximately the right age as your biological father.
  3. Contact the matches.

Don’t have your biological father’s name? That’s going to be tougher. It might be time to enlist the help of a professional genealogy company that specializes in finding living family members.

Ancestry matches with distant relatives (smaller than 10 centimorgans long) can be inconclusive, but close matches are almost always correct. Likewise, if Ancestry says you are NOT a match for someone to whom you assumed you were genetically related, that is generally reliable. See our recent article on what it means when your DNA does not match your dad.

To get your original birth certificate in California, contact:

California Department of Public Health
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 997410, M.S. 5103
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Phone Number: (916) 557-6074 or (916) 445-8494
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cdph.ca.gov 

California has a program that functions much like an adoption reunion registry. Called the California Mutual Consent Program (CMCP), it allows birth parents to specify whether they wish to be contacted by the child they placed for adoption.

(CMCP also allows for the reverse: an adult adoptee may specify whether they are open to a reunion with their biological parents. You can submit your preference via the Consent to Contact form.)

If you are of age, and if your parents have not specified against you contacting them, the state will release identifying information to you upon formal request (see above).

To obtain identifying information about your biological parents and your California adoption, you must be at least 21 years old. 

The California Mutual Consent Program

California has a program that functions much like an adoption reunion registry. Called the California Mutual Consent Program (CMCP), it allows birth parents to specify whether they wish to be contacted by the child they placed for adoption.

(CMCP also allows for the reverse: an adult adoptee may specify whether they are open to a reunion with their biological parents. You can submit your preference via the Consent to Contact form.)

If you are of age, and if your parents have not specified against you contacting them, the state will release identifying information to you upon formal request.

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