The ALMA Society is a NON-PROFIT, tax-exempt corporation funded entirely by registration fees and donations which are tax-deductible.
ALMA does not do the search for our members. We will assist with your search through our chapters and search assistants. We do not act as an intermediary in contacting birth relatives, etc.
Why does ALMA charge a registration fee? Like any other organization, ALMA has expenses that must be covered. Our only source of funds are tax deductible registration fees and donations. We do not receive any state or federal funding or foundation grants. Your registration fee covers such items as: telephone/fax/computer hardware and software/printing supplies, postage, office supplies, Internet and web hosting fees, and other expenses such as utilities, purchase of yearly access to databases, etc. None of our volunteers are paid, strictly volunteer, but we HAVE to cover our expenses for operating our organization. Thank you for your consideration when joining ALMA.
New members are advised to download the membership application form and submit it to us with check cashiers' check, or money order for the $50.00 life-time registration fee. If you contact us through our CONTACT FORM, your e-mail will be answered as quickly as possible. Anyone submitting new membership forms will be entered into the database, and if there is a match, you will be notified immediately. If we do not have a match for you, we will assist you in your search until you do find. Thanks for your patience. DO NOT SEND ANYTHING I.E., MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORMS, OR ATTACHMENTS CERTIFIED MAIL, OVER-SIZED PACKET, OR ANY METHOD THAT REQUIRES A SIGNATURE. It will not be accepted and returned to you. Also, it must fit into a Post Office Box. Suggestion: So there is no delay in processing your membership application, we encourage you to use a postal money order or a cashiers' check.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
In contacting us on our website via our contact form, please put the date of birth (if adoptee) and place of birth in the comments field. If birth parent is writing, please put the date of birth and place of birth of the adoptee in the comments field. Thank you.
Special request for current members updating: Please make sure you membership application update is in black ink, or a typeface that is easy to read, via fax. You can also scan it and email it to us - all updates must contain a signature. Thanks! We encourage all of our older members who have not updated with us on a regular basis to let us know the status of your case and what you have done thus far. Example: Member Birth Mother joined Alma back in 1971 when it first started, never contacted us again, and we found a match for her today, and it took several days for us to locate her. Keep updated with us! Remember, all members have life-time memberships!
The Alma Society
PO Box 85, Denville
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