If you are an adoptee wishing to search for birth parents, we can help.

You are most likely one of the thousands of children that was adopted through Catholic Charities between 1879 and today and one of the 1.5 million U.S. children who are adopted.

Here is some basic information to help support you!

Sending Letters to Your Birthparents

Regardless if you have been in contact with your birthparents recently or not at all, you have the ability to write them a letter.  Typed letters and PDFs can be emailed to

Handwritten letters can be mailed to:
Catholic Charities
Attn: Adoption Dept,
4001 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Suite 250,
Kansas City, MO 64130.

Letters should remain non-identifying.  Please do not include full names, the names or addresses of places (including businesses, colleges, cities, etc), or any personally identifying information as it will be redacted.

All letters need to include a separate page with the following information:

  • Adoptee’s full name, including maiden names
  • Date of birth, including year
  • Adoptive parents’ first and last names
  • Birthparents’ names, if known

This will aid the adoption staff in correctly locating your birthparent’s file.

Interested in starting a search?

Click here to be redirected to an entire page geared for birthparent searches.


If you are contemplating or preparing for a reunion with your birth family, you are encouraged to thoroughly prepare for this meeting.  Here is one resource that can help you.

Want to Talk with a Social Worker?

Our adoption team is here to support any adoptee placed through Catholic Charities.  You can call us at 816-659-8235.

Please note our office is open Monday-Thursday.

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