China is a popular country for American families to adopt from, with over 3,000 adoptions being completed each year from 1999 through 2009. While open adoption is not common in China, as most children are adopted through an orphanage, there are several ways you may attempt to find your child's birth parents. The search process is often time-consuming and does not guarantee that your child's parents will be found.
Gather all the adoption information that you have. Start the search process by collecting all documentation that you have about the adoption and reviewing the information for any helpful information. Try to determine the orphanage or area where your child came from and read through your paperwork, looking for any background on your child's birth parents.
Contact your adoption agency, where you may be able to obtain more specific information about your child's adoption. Some agencies are willing to assist in your search for your child's birth parents or may be able to put you in contact with someone who can further your search.
Request your child's records from China through a friend living in China or through the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate office. The U.S. Department of State notes that birth certificates and adoption records can be requested from China, though they are not always available or accurate.
Join a support group. There are many such groups available for parents of adopted Chinese children. Talk to other parents about their experiences to gain helpful tips on continuing your search for your child's birth parents.
Work with a professional search company. Several companies offer services for families seeking the birth parents of their adopted child. When selecting a search service, ensure that they have experience working in China or with international adoption searches. The Research China company provides assistance in determining the likely success of your search, while the International Social Service works with adopted persons and their families seeking international birth parents.
Obtaining records from China through an embassy may take several months or longer, so be prepared to wait for the information you request.