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What Leads Adopted Kids to Seek Out Their Birth Parents?

According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 1,300 children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents. Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical history; […]

According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 1,300 children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents.

Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical history; others are simply curious to know more about where they come from. The process isn’t without its challenges.

We discuss the inherent challenges, and resources available here in Houston to help reunite adoptees with their birth parents. We talk with Analisa Warren, Public Relations Manager at DePelchin Children’s Center.

Then, we explore the legal ramifications of an adoptee seeking a birth parent who doesn’t want to be found. What happens when one’s desire for privacy comes in contact with another’s desire to know? We ask Maisie Barringer, a Family Law Attorney and Partner at Jenkins & Kamin, LLP.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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