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Locating a Granddaughter Placed in Closed Adoption?

Have been trying to locate information about my granddaughter who was placed in a closed adoption in 1996. The adoption agency, One World Adoption in Deerfield Beach, FL is now closed. For many years I sent personal letters to this child to be placed in her file. I had hoped at some time she would be looking into her file and would know that I, her biological grandmother loved her. Well, now that the agency is closed, I wonder how she will ever find her file? I am 81 years old and dread the thought of passing away without ever meeting her.

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I've tried every search avenue I know of, but have had no results. I only have the names of her biological parents and an approximate date of birth. Any new avenues of search would calm my anxious heart. Thanks.

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December 21, 20190 found this helpful
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I know people who have successfully found their loved ones with the limited information you have.

Start with a simple google search of the adoptive parents names. Try one name at a time. Then try multiple combinations to glean information. I have (sadly) found obituaries can be the best source to locate locations for people and often if you find the parent, in an obituary, it may give the child's name as a survivor.

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Every state is different and this article has other ways you can try:

family.findlaw.com/.../how-to-get-your-adoption-records...

Someone had to get the records from the adoption agency (I would think) so your letters could be somewhere still. Perhaps your local state representative can help you find that trail and additional information.

Last thing to suggest is there are a lot of stories where people find their loved one by doing one of those 23 and me type DNA tests and they find their history and family that way.

Those are expensive, but finding a loved one can be priceless.

Post back with an update!

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December 29, 20190 found this helpful

At this point, if I knew where her records are, I'd be happy. Not content, but happy.
Thanks,

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December 21, 20190 found this helpful
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This is so very sad and I am so sorry to hear this. I think that social media is a good place to start off with to see if anyone knows a little bit more about her. Normally when an agency closes the records are moved to another agency. If the adoption was a closed adoption maybe they do not allow the child to read these records. If you have the money you may want to try a private investigation service to see if they can help you dig up some more information about the child.

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She is right around 23 going on 24 years now. Maybe her adopted partents never told her she was adopted and she has no idea to go and find out more information about her parents. You can try to write up a letter on FB and post it there saying how much you love her even though you never meet her. You want to get to know her before you pass. Maybe she mght read this and people will share it with others. This is a good way to get the word out.

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December 22, 20190 found this helpful
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It appears you no longer have access to discuss this with her biological parents but having their full names and city where adoption took place may be enough if you can get help from a government agency.

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You do not say where you live but if you live in Florida you may be able to get one of the TV stations to do a human interest story. These stories many times have good results. At least give it a try - pay a visit to one or more of the stations (you may have to go to another city to find the largest station) and ask for their help. If you cannot travel write them a letter with a lot of details and see if they respond. Letters usually get better results than a phone call.

The next thing you can try is to write the same type of letter to the governor of Florida and request help as the One World Adoption agency would have records that (by law) had to be stored somewhere and the governor will have access to that information.
I do not know to what extent they will help you but usually the governor's office forwards this type of request to the proper agencies in charge of whatever is requested.

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Florida government will probably be the only way to get to these records.

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December 20, 20190 found this helpful

If not through all of the different social media avenues,then it comes down to a private investigator !

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December 20, 20190 found this helpful

If you know any of the relatives, try looking them up on familytreenow.com. You will get addresses and phone numbers, provided they have not opted out.

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December 22, 20190 found this helpful

You can try using reunion services to help you find your granddaughter.

Also, social media and spreading your story (where people share) can hopefully help.

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Good luck! I hope she is looking for her biological family too.

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