Adoption raises many questions about birth parents as adopted children age, which is often the spark that ignites the desire to know more about their birth parent/parents or family, and to find them in the process. This, sadly, isn’t nearly as straightforward as it may appear.
A lot depends on the adoption agreement for a start. There are instances in which birth parents have chosen to remain anonymous. This means that the adoption agency is not able to disclose details about the birth parents in a situation like this. In other circumstances, the adoption agency may not have the information that is being requested for a variety of reasons. If someone who has been placed up for adoption wishes to continue their search, they often need to find other avenues if they are to have any success in locating their birth family.
There are a multitude of reasons for people wanting to find their birth parents, and, in most cases that are not simple, hiring a private investigator could well be the best solution.
How Can a Private Investigator Help?
Locating birth parents takes experience, knowledge and advanced investigation skills, which are all skills that the average man in the street does not have. When you hire a professional you know that he will have the experience to know exactly where to begin a search and how to go about tracing those they are looking for.
Investigators also have access to advanced software and databases that are not accessible to the general public. While your research might be restricted to search engines like Google and social networking sites, a private investigator can perform a more thorough search to locate those who might not have an online presence through software and databases.
If you’re thinking about using a private investigator to find your birth parents or the birth parents of an adoptive child, you will need to prepare yourself for all possible outcomes. This could include them rejecting your desire to meet them, finding out that they have passed away, or, are people that live in a world you may not want to have anything to do with, such as a drug underworld, for instance.
Although an investigator has greater access to databases than the average individual, there is still the chance that you might not get a positive result, but, you will know that you have had the best on your case, and that if they can’t find your birth family, no one will be able to.
Even if their search is effective, they might not be able to provide you with the information they find without the consent of the birth parents, and, if the birth parents don’t want to be located, they can refuse to let the investigator pass their contact information to you.
Again, if they’re prepared to exchange contact details, you need to prepare yourself before meeting them, as they might not be the people you have imagined them to be.
As laws and regulations change regarding closed adoptions, it’s getting increasingly easier to find birth parents. Though not every search will be successful, there are a great number of sources and databases available to private investigators that do lead to successful reunion of adoptive children with their birth parent/parents or family.
King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg believe that there is every reason for adopted children to move forward with tracing their birth parents, especially with the changes expected around the laws attached to closed adoptions.