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Published Friday June 19th, 2009 at 1:32am

Original Article by Cathy Doheny

Kinsearch Registryis using a database of DNA profiles to help international adoptees find their biological relatives worldwide. Formed by the Center for Information and Research on Adoption, Inc.,a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to providing information and sponsoring research about adoption related topics and fostering an understanding of the adoption experience, the registry helps adoptees find full or half biological siblings. Biological parents may also be located, if they are registered in the databank.

Orchid Biosciences, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company that runs the largest DNA lab in the United States, maintains the DNA databank for Kinsearch Registry. The registry currently only includes one country of origin: China, though they hope to add Russia, Korea and Guatemala in the future.

To participate, interested adoptess or families of adoptees (if the adoptee is a minor) should submit theapplication form, along with a non-refundable $250 fee per child. (Please contact the Registry, if you require financial assistance to participate. Please note that Kinsearch has reduced it's normal fee of $400 to encourage participation.) Registration documents and a non-invasive DNA sample collection kit will be returned to the participant at that time. When the completed kit is returned to the registry, the sample will be encoded and identified only by number. The sample will then be sent to the DNA lab for testing, comparison and entry into the databank. Participants will be notified when their samples have been successfully tested and entered in the databank and will be sent a DNA identity profile card that identifies the participant’s DNA profile, including a DNA sample for future reference.

Though the organizers of the registry warn that it could take years before a match may be found for participants, if ever, the minute chance this registry offers at finding a biological link for international adoptees may be worth the try. Unlike domestic adoptions, many international adoptions take place without any family history. As many of these children are abandoned by their biological parents, there remains very few ways to ever find biological family members, such as other siblings who may have also been adopted in the United States or other countries.