I started the DNA kit donation program a year ago shortly before Giving Tuesday. Since then, and thanks to donations of more than $1,600 from 27 people, I have purchased 24 AncestryDNA test kits. Twenty of them have been sent off so far, all to adult adoptees, and most to people who were born in states (or countries) where they do not have an absolute right to their own original birth certificates. A map of where they have gone is below and here are the financial stats if you want to know where we stand (we actually have a balance of $124.02, and I have a few requests still ready to process and send).
I cover all transaction fees and the shipping of the kits from my office. I track them and also follow up and even refer people to search angels if they feel that is the next step they want to make.
As I implored last year, here’s what I still ask of you, whether an adoptee, adoptive parent, birthparent, stepparent, sibling, LDA, ICA, friend, descendant—whatever identity you have worn or celebrated or endured during this past November of “adoption” awareness. Please consider donating a bit to assist adult adoptees. Five bucks is enough if many of us donate. Do so here or at the button below, and for motivation I’ll also leave you with some of the feedback I received from the people we all assisted in the last year.
The DNA kit is the greatest gift I could ever receive and I’m sure you’re going to be blessed abundantly for doing what you’re doing for others. I will pay it forward as soon as I can.
It has answered questions I’ve had for 28 years about my identity and it’s seriously amazing to know even just one more piece of my life puzzle.
—Brazilian-born intercountry adoptee
I got my results back on Sunday . . . and I found my family yesterday! I’m still trying to wrap my head around this and get things straightened out but I’ll let you know more when I have more to share, but I wanted to text you and tell you that if it hadn’t been for you I probably couldn’t have gotten this done!
—District of Columbia Adoptee
With the kit I was able, with help, to make a family tree and see most of my birth relatives. It helped with a lot of closure with my adoption, and I am able to move on with my life.
—New York adoptee
States of Birth
The following map represents the U.S. states where those who received a donated kit were born. Two recipients were intercountry adoptees from Brazil and the Philippines.