Long time Genealogy Gems Podcast listener Brandt wrote me recently in hopes of helping a friend:
"Hi Lisa. A friend of mine who was adopted as a toddler in 1987 is trying to find some information on her birth parents. She has her father's name, and the adoption agency says he was a Vietnam vet, who died but she doesn't know when (after his service in the war at least). (She also has) her mother's last name, but her first name is unknown. She's asked for help in getting info on her parents, mostly her mom. I have the contact info for the adoption agency, but I've never contacted one before and I'm not sure how to approach them, or whether they'd even release info to me. Do you have any pointers on what I can do to help my friend?"
Now folks like Brandt and his friend who have adoption questions can apply to have their case taken on by adoption research specialist and genealogist Pam Slaton on the new show Search coming to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)