10 Steps to Finding a Lost Sibling
A lot can happen to siblings placed for adoption. They may be adopted separately at such a young age they have no recollection of biological brothers or sisters. One or more siblings may have remained with biological families. Or they may have lived together with biological parents, other relations or in foster homes, only to be separated after a bond was formed. Adopted children often have biological siblings they never even know about as their biological parents develop families later in life.
The circumstances surrounding your sibling separation may be simple or complex, but trying to find a lost brother or sister will almost certainly present a challenge. Where will you begin? How can you avoid wasting time, effort and financial resources on fruitless searching?
There are no guarantees you will be able to locate a lost sibling, but there are several ways you can ensure your search is as productive as possible. The following ten steps will help you make the most of your search efforts and maximize your odds of success.
1. Collect all the information you possibly can about your sibling and organize it into a file. Interview your parents or other family members, your adoptive agency and any foster family members who may recall you or your sibling.
2. Search national and international telephone records online for all areas where you suspect your sibling might reasonably be located.
3. Utilize search engines to search for your sibling based on the information you have gathered.
4. Browse lost sibling and family member classifieds online. Post a listing on as many message boards as possible.
5. Check genealogy sites' message boards and post that you are searching for your sibling on all of them.
6. Contact alumni association and classmates in cities or towns where you suspect your sibling was raised. Search any available school records such as yearbooks and team or club membership listings.
7. Search court records online. If your sibling has been involved in a court case, you may find information about their general whereabouts.
8. Search military service and business licensing records if you have reason to believe they might yield results.
9. Consider visiting probable locations and searching for contact information in person if you have information about your sibling’s hobbies, religious affiliations, interests or profession. You could locate your sibling or his or her family members by seeking information at local clubs, professional associations or religious organizations.
10. Hire a professional people finder. This is the quickest, easiest and most cost effective way to find a lost sibling. It will also maximize your chances of a successful location.
Trying to find a lost sibling demands a lot of time and hard work. If you plan to do it yourself, stay as organized as possible. Search as consistently as possible and keep a record of your search efforts. If you are unable or unprepared to devote the considerable amount of time and effort finding a lost sibling demands, hire a people finder to search for you. A professional people finder will give you the best value for your money and the best chance at a successful location.