Where possible, if finances permit, discuss the possibility of revisiting the country of the child’s origin sometime when the child is older, emotionally prepared and mature.
There are several issues relating to a reunion with birth family. Adopted children need to be prepared for the fact that the birth family may not be contactable, due to not wanting to be, no records of their whereabouts, secrecy laws at the time of adoption, or they may not be alive. The time of possible reunion can be a very emotional time for the adopted child. They will be visiting their birth country where they will experience being with a whole nation of others who look like them, while they do not have the same cultural background (e.g. language, food).
Common types of questions of children searching are:
What their birth parents names were
Were they both living at the time of the adoption
Were either of them married to anyone else
Were birth grandparents alive at the time of birth
What colour eyes, hair did birth parents have
ensure that SENAME is aware of the enquiry; and
ensure that the matter is handled in accordance with the law in Chile (e.g. access to personal information); and
liaise with SENAME on records and information they may have