FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Who may register with ALMA?
Adult adoptees over 18 years of age. Birthparents. Foster children over 18 years of age. Adoptive parents of a minor child under 18 years of age. (Some adoptive parents are now searching for the birth parent(s) of their minor children. As the legal guardian of a minor child, the adoptive parent has an absolute right to make this decision and we support it. They understand that their child’s need to know his/her roots is not a negotiation of his/her love for them but an affirmation of himself as a human being. We welcome them most warmly.) Birth siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents. No third party or intermediary applications will be accepted.
How does ALMA match people?
ALMA's Reunion Registry contains the vital statistics of adoptees, birthparents and all persons separated by adoption for possible matching. In most cases adoptees do not know their original names and birthparents do not know the adoptive names of the children they surrendered for adoption.
The facts that we do know are: Gender of the child; Date of Birth; Place of Birth.
For example, if a mother who gave up a son born May 20, 1930 in St. Luke’s Hospital, New York and an adopted male with matching information both register with us, we have a potential match. We then review other registration information to ensure a definite match and put them in touch without delay.
What happens after I register with ALMA?
When matches are made via our reunion registry, each party is contacted and put in touch without delay.
How do I update my information with ALMA?
How does my donation help ALMA?
We are a nonprofit organization, completely staffed by unpaid volunteers, and we do not receive any state or federal funding.
Your donations help us cover our operating expenses, which include utilities, accounting (state and federal tax filing) and legal services (to ensure corporation compliance as a nonprofit organization), telephone/fax/computer hardware and software, website hosting and domain registration fees, computer programming and repairs, printing and printing supplies, stationery, postage, monthly service provider fees, etc. Our only source of income is through the ongoing registration fees and donations from members and friends.
Your continuing support will enable us to continue to maintain our Reunion Registry and continue into our 50th year (and beyond!) offering search guidance and support services to the adoption community and achieving our Mission of reuniting families of origin.
Please make a donation today! No donation is too small and every dollar helps!