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Adoptee Forum: DNA Search

  • Ya Ya Network 224 West 29th Street, 14th floor New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

DNA matching is the latest method adoptees are using to try to reconnect with their birth families and learn more about their medical history. In this forum, adoptees Alice Thompson will share her experience submitting her DNA, and Lisa Gibson will discuss some of the limitations of DNA testing. If you have also submitted your DNA, please come share your knowledge!

In addition, we will have free FTDNA kits donated by Thomas Park Clement for Korean adoptees who would like to commence their test! These will be given on a first-signup, first-serve basis, and you must be present to collect the kit. This is a great chance to go through the process at the same time with some friends! Signup for a free kit here:

WHO: International adoptees (age 18+)
WHEN: Monday May 22, 7 - 9 pm
WHERE: Ya Ya Network 224 W. 29th St, 14th Floor
COST: FREE for members; suggested $5 for non-members
RSVP: to Alice Thompson, and if you are a Korean adoptee and would like a free kit, you must also sign up here:

Considerations with regard to the free kits:
* These are FTDNA kits; if you have already submitted to FTDNA, you do not need a kit.
* If you have already submitted a 23andMe test, you do not need a kit. You can simply cross-post your results to FTDNA. More details available at the event.
* If you are concerned about privacy issues, please sign up for the kit, and then decide at the event whether you will take it and move forward, or not.

Special THANK YOU to Thomas Park Clement for his generous donation of these kits!!!

The purpose of Also-Known-As adoptee forums are to create a confidential and safe space for adoptees to discuss personal topics. These forums are only open to international adoptees. While we welcome community supporters, friends, and families of adoptees to many of our events, our forums are closed to non-adoptees.

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