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How do I go about finding my birth parents?


When you decide to search for your birth parents, your first port of call should be contacting the organisation that handled your adoption. The second-best alternative is to contact the Registrar of Adoptions at the Department of Social Development in Pretoria (012 312 7593) where all adoptions done throughout the country must be registered. You could also contact an accredited adoption social worker or organization. If you have access to your birth parents’ contact details, we would urge you to still make contact with the help of an intermediary (i.e. a social worker or counsellor) to avoid hurt and possible rejection. Social networking forums should be used with the support of above mentioned practitioners.

Please also see Where to start the search and Support groups.