Foggy Mountains

Getting Started

Important note: Every search is different. The steps of searching are not a one size fits all. We encourage you to use our website as a resource but to do your own research about organizations referenced to be certain they fit with your search and philosophies.

Are you ready to search?

Some Suggested Steps

  • Gather all your adoption paperwork and have it re-translated by a Chinese speaker. Keep in mind that the information in your documents may not be accurate, such as finding place, dates, who found you. You can find information about translators on our Resources page.

  • Consider ordering your Finding Ad (for those born 1999 or later) and a Birth Parent Search Analysis from Research-China. The Birth Parent Search Analysis will give you information on the finding patterns of your orphanage and additional information from the time you were born and relinquished, which may help you search more effectively.

 

  • Do two DNA tests if you can – one autosomal (23and Me, uploaded to Gedmatch) and one CODIS (MyTaproot), and upload results from both to as many databases as possible. See all DNA details here.

 

  • Download and start using WeChat, the most common messaging app in China. Add friends to your WeChat contact list, and practice sending messages, videos, and using WeChat Moments. Also join a WeChat birth parent searching group for your province. Check our how-to guides for help.

 

 

Join a Search Project!

These are geographic-specific search projects that are doing great things!

IC
SA

 International Child Search Alliance

  • ICSA Facebook Page