The Global Adoptee Genealogy Project launch was announced with press releases this week. This collaboration between Mixed Roots and Family Tree DNA and others should be a huge help to adoptees looking for their families. They are promising a comprehensive website of resources for adoptees and either free DNA testing and reduced cost DNA testing for adoptees. One of the co-chairs is Richard Hill, an adoptee that found his family through DNA testing and has been helping adoptees since. They have some major sponsors that have committed to donating money for the website and DNA tests and are asking for donations and sponsors. Here are excerpts from the press release:
“In celebration of its 5 year anniversary, Mixed Roots Foundation will officially launch the first ever Global Adoptee Genealogy Project (GAGP) and begin fundraising for the Filling in the GAGP Fund in November, which is recognized as National Adoption Awareness and Philanthropy Month.
GAGP’s primary goals will be to assist individuals touched by adoption and foster care to discover their biological and cultural roots through DNA testing services provided by DNA testing partner, Family Tree DNA based in Houston, Texas as well as get connected to important search and reunion resources supported by leading people search engine, Spokeo based in Pasadena, CA. The financial goal is to offer free DNA testing for 1,000 individuals and their families in 2017 with a benchmark in April 2017 for National DNA Month. The Filling in the GAGP Fund will help offset costs well as provide funding based on financial need for DNA testing for adoptees and their families.”
“GAGP will not only assist adoptees and their families here in the U.S., but will also go beyond the borders with the financial support of one of Mixed Roots Foundation’s founding board directors, philanthropist and member of the GAGP Advisory Committee, Thomas Park Clement. Mr. Clement is a Korean Adoptee himself and has become a very successful business owner of his own medical device company called Mectra Labs in Indiana.”
“GAGP will provide a comprehensive website consisting important educational resources and ways to obtain free DNA testing. In addition Family Tree DNA, which hosts a GAGP project for adoptee testers, will donate a portion of sales of each DNA test kit back to GAGP, so GAGP can expand and continue to make a positive impact on the adoption and foster care community. GAGP will also be led by an Advisory Committee comprised of adoptees, professionals, community partners including Vista Del Mar Adoptions and Foster Care and representatives of Spokeo and Family Tree DNA who will oversee the content of the website, help facilitate the distribution of DNA test kits and continue to develop a unique support network of important search and reunion services for individuals and their families touched by adoption & foster care and beyond.”
“Through my work in genetic genealogy, I encounter adoptees all the time,” stated Founder and President of Family Tree DNA, Bennett Greenspan. “The importance of one’s identity is critical to the basic needs of being human and more than ever now – adoptees need GAGP. Adoptees have a desire to know who they are, what they are, and why they were adopted. DNA testing offers potential answers to questions of identity that are always asked. We hope individuals will participate and support GAGP, because as the testing databases grow, the more matches will be made,” expressed Greenspan.”
To read the whole article about the Global Adoptee Genealogy Project go to prweb.com.
Read more about the new project on their GAGP website. It is great to see people organizing and getting large sponsors to contribute to help adoptees find their birth families. I didn’t see anything about birth families getting funding to find a child given up for adoption. I would have to think that would also be a part of he process. There is also a mention of a mentoring system coming to help adoptees through mentoring. We would also like to help establish a mentoring system with our forum. If you go to our Find My Family Magazine Forum, you can become a member and either ask for help or volunteer to help others.