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Q: Is DNAConnect.Org setting up another database
A: No. DNAConnect.Org's purpose is to
provide adoptive families the DNA kits used by the dominant DNA testing
labs collect DNA of anyone they meet in China who may be a birth parent
to an adoptee, either their own or of another family. All DNA sent
to DNAConnect.Org will be submitted to a large DNA lab for inclusion
in their data base, with all testing expenses being paid for by DNAConnect.Org.
Since adoptive families pay only the postage to send the DNA samples
back to DNAConnect.Org, there is no reason for adoptive families not
to collect samples from any birth parent they meet in China (other
countries may be added soon).
Q: If I financially support DNAConnect.Org,
what benefits will I receive?
A: Primarily, you will be part of a wonderful
experiment that will hopefully benefit thousands of Chinese adoptees.
As the number of DNA samples submitted to the database increases,
sibling and birth parent matches will occur, providing searching adoptees
and their families immense benefit.
Additionally, by supporting DNAConnect.Org, you will become part of
the DNAConnect.Org "family." This will allow you to receive
information on any matches made to you or your child's DNA collected
by DNAConnect.Org for no cost. This has the potential of saving your
family thousands of hours of searching, and thousands of dollars in
travel and other search-related expenses.
Q: What if a match is made to my child and
I haven't supported DNAConnect.Org in the past? Will there be a charge
for me to get the contact information for my child?
A: Yes. Currently, if one of our birth
parents matches your child, the fee would be $399 if you have not
contributed to the project in the past (this amount may change at
any time in the future). These funds are used only to purchase additional
kits for more testing. Considering the cost of a search, this fee
is extremely affordable and results in tremendous savings to you in
Q: Will a birth family be able to find me or
my child without my permission?
A: No. DNAConnect.Org will serve as a
"firewall" between you/your family and any DNA matches.
The choice to make contact will be strictly yours.
Q: Who will maintain the contact information
for birth parents and siblings inside China and the other sending
A: DNAConnect.Org will have country specialists
who speak the language and are familiar with communication opportunities
in each sending country. These specialists will make periodic contact
with all individuals from whom DNA is collected, to insure that contact
will be able to be made once a match is achieved.
Q: Why is Research-China.Org developing this
A: Over the past five years that Research-China.Org
has been performing birth parent searches in China, we have met the
birth families of dozens of children not in our search projects. The
high cost of DNA testing prevented us from collecting samples from
these birth families. Additionally, we recognize that more and more
adoptive families are hiring other searchers to also locate birth
families, and no doubt they will also locate birth families of other
adoptees. To make it so that these opportunities are not lost, Research-China.Org
is launching this service.
Q: Is this service limited to China, or can
adoptive families from other sending countries also participate?
A: We hope to have the support of adoptive
families from all over the world, but at this time only DNA from China
will be accepted. Once we have worked out all the kinks inherent in
a project such as this, we will recruit specialists from other programs
and allow those countries to join the service. Ultimately we hope
to have world-wide participation.