The Adoptee-Birthparent Support Network (ABSN) is an all-volunteer search and support group serving those in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC and related areas, whose lives have been affected by adoption. ABSN is an affiliate organization of the American Adoption Congress and is active in adoption reform efforts locally and nationally.
ABSN is a membership organization that meets monthly (except for the months of July and August) on the second Sunday (first Sunday in May) of each month from 7-9:00 P.M.

Meetings alternate between the Maryland and Virginia locations which are: 

The Virginia meeting place is the Mason District Government Center,

 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA, 22003 small conference room

from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on, 14 December, 8 February 2015, 12 April, 14 June.

We don't meet July and August.


Our new Maryland  meeting place is the

 Wheaton Library

11701 Georgia Avenue

Wheaton, MD 20902



No meetings in July and August due to summer vacations

Next meetings will be:

Upcoming Meeting dates and locations:

Nov. 9, 2014 @ 1 PM Wheaton Library 11701 Georgia Ave.,Wheaton MD (upper level, Study Room 3)
Jan. 11, 2015 @ 1 PM Wheaton Library 11701 Georgia Ave.,Wheaton MD (upper level, Study Room 3)
Mar. 8, 2015 @ 1 PM Wheaton Library 11701 Georgia Ave.,Wheaton MD (upper level, Study Room 3)
 May 3, 2015 @ 1 PM  Wheaton Library 11701 Georgia Ave.,Wheaton MD (upper level, Study Room 3)



Adoptees, birthparents and birthfamily members may initiate a search by filing a petition (called a Motion to Break Seal) with the court that handled their adoption. You can prepare and file petition with the court. It is not necessary to hire an attorney to prepare and file the petition. Click the button below for more information.

If the court approves the petition, it will then direct the agency that handled the adoption to conduct the search. The charge for the search may be as high as $450-500.00.

Effective October 1, 1999, legislative changes make it possible to initiate Adoption Search, Contact and Reunion activities on behalf of the adult adoptees or the birth parent(s). All requests are to be initiated through the Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration's Adoptions Unit central office staff at:

Mutual Consent Registry and Adoption Search Services
Department of Human Resources
311 West Saratoga Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

If you were adopted in Virginia you can initiate a search for birth family by filling out an Adoptee Application For Disclosure. Forms can be obtained from:
Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Social Services
ATTN: Adoption Unit
730 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1849
Your request for forms must include your full adopted name, date of birth, current name, address, and telehone number. The agency that was involved in the adoption will be designated to conduct the search. The agency is allowed to charge a fee for the search. The agency has 8 months to conduct the search, but an extension can be granted for good cause with your permission.

When the search is completed the agency will send a report to the Adoptions Unit recommending whether to grant or deny the disclosure of indentifying information. Applications are usually denied if the birth family is not located, or is deceased or is unwilling to authorize disclosure.

If your application is denied, or the Adoption Unit fails to designate a search agency within 30 days, you can petition the court for disclosure. A Virginia resident can petition the Circuit Court where they reside, all others must petition the Richmond City Circuit Court.

For answers to questions you have regarding the application or search process, contact:

Suzanne Ashford
Jackie Gill

For further information, contact ABSN at:

6439 Woodridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22312-1336



(301) 442-9106

Click here for Registries and other search related information

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