What is an adoption detective?

Detectives are licensed private investigators who have passed written tests after completing the requirements for being a police officer. An adoption detective is any licensed or unlicensed person who looks into historical records to locate persons of interest.

Adoption detectives help adoptees that suffer the life-long consequences of mother-child separation. The adverse effects of genealogical bewilderment are confusing to them. They believe knowledge of biological heritage is a natural God-given right of every person, optimistically hoping that a positive connection with the past will be therapeutic. By tracing family lineages, they hope to become enlightened about their ancestral and geographical niche and cultural heritage. The ultimate goal for many adoptees is the opportunity to discover information and reunite with their biological parents.

Other clients include:

  • Parents looking for reconciliation with their birth children
  • Scientists and doctors researching medical histories
  • Police detectives investigating crimes
  • Historians verifying historical lineages
  • Genealogists researching family trees

False birth and baptismal certificates, closed record systems, foreign language barriers and international laws, marriage and nicknames, and death are barriers to successful adoption searches. 

Adoption detectives must remain vigilant to the potential psychological trauma that may result from exposing unwilling or unsuspecting individuals.

Judith Land, Author of Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child


“This is an extraordinarily riveting story. I was immediately drawn in and could not put the book down. The narrative is structured so that the suspense never lets up as the discovery process unfolds. There are many surprises, redemptive moments, and amazing human complexities revealed throughout. As an adoptive parent, I really valued the author’s honest reflections on her struggles and her serious and thoughtful critique of the institution of adoption.” Anne Bernard Becker





About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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