DNA and other Adoption Resources


My wonderful Aunt Barb (she is not biologically my aunt, but a friend of the family) mentioned to one of my sisters recently that her beloved husband, Russ (who died of cancer far too young) was adopted and that she would like to find his biological family and research his genealogy for her children and grandchildren. We did not know that Uncle Russ was adopted! Of course, I offered to help.


Coincidentally, I had recently read a book by Richard Hill, who embarked on a quest several years ago to find his birth family called, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. It is a riveting personal history that you will want to read in one sitting. Like Hill, my Aunt Barb and I are from Michigan. The references to various places in Michigan make the book that much more interesting to me.


Hill used good, old-fashioned detective work, genealogy, and DNA testing to help him find the answers he sought. In the book Hill references an organization called Adoptees Search for Knowledge (ASK)* and woman named Jeanette from this organization who played a prominent role in helping Hill find his family. If you or a client is in a similar situation, consider reaching out to ASK or other similar organizations for help.

Hill also wrote an e-book Guide to DNA Testing. You can find it at his website DNA Testing Adviser: http://www.dna-testing-adviser.com/AdoptionSearch.html. In this book he describes and compares the three major test types: autosomal, MTDNA/female, and YDNA/male, as well as the three major testing companies:


Family Tree DNA (a simple swab test)


23andMe (also a simple swab test)


and Ancestry (Saliva test)


Hill explains the purposes of all of the tests and their strengths and weaknesses.


Additional adoption/dna resources

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents?


National Support Groups

American Adoption Congress
1025 Conncticut Ave., NW, Ste. 1012
Washington DC, 20036
(202) 483-3399

Concerned United Birthparents, Inc.
P O Box 503475
San Diego CA 92150-3475

Midwest Adoptive Families
2979 Oakshire
Berkley, MI
(248) 530-1344

Adoptees Liberty Movement Association
P.O. Box 727
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10101-0727
(212) 587-1568

Post Adoption Resource Center


Adoption Identity Movement of MI (AIM)
P O Box 812
Hazel Park MI 48030
(248) 850-8910

Adoption Identity Movement of Grand Rapids (AIM)
5767 Leisure S. Dr. SE
Kentwood, Michigan 49548
(616) 531-1380

Kalamazoo Birthparents Support Group
Adoption Insight
P.O. Box 2183
Portage, MI 49081
(269) 324-9987

People Impacted by Adoption/ CSS
Birthparent Support Group
4925 Packard
Ann Arbor MI 48108
(734) 971-9781 ext 322

Adopted Teen/Parent Support Group
Truth in the Adoption Triad
29260 Franklin Rd, Ste 115
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 353-8687

Michigan Assn. for Openness in Adoption
3244 Pembrook Drive
Traverse City MI 49684

*Adoptees Search for Knowledge (A.S.K.) 
P.O. Box 762
East Lansing, MI 48826-0762
(517) 321-7291

Bonding by Blood, Unlimited
5845 Waterman Rd.
Vassar, MI 48768-9790
(989) 823-4013

Adoption Support Group for Adopted Parents
129 E. Third St.
Flint, MI 48502
(888) 200-8915
Peace With the Past

Macomb Library
40900 Romeo Plank Rd
Clinton Twp., MI 48038
(586) 855-6650 or (248) 830-6966

Post Adoption Support Services
N. 1194 W. Tie Lake Rd.
Wetmore, MI 49895

Truth in the Adoption Triad
6634 Gage St.
Gagetown, MI 48735
(989) 665-0210

Adopted Child
2979 Oakshire
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 530-1344

State of Michigan and National Registries

Michigan Central Adoption Registry
Department of Human Services
PO Box 30037
Lansing MI 48909
(517) 335-6075

International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
P O Box 2312
Carson City NV 89702
(775) 882-7755

Are there other relatives, neighbors or anyone else you can think of who may have information that could help you or your client?

Put on your detective hat. Think Miss Marple or Agatha Christie. Good luck!