Are you ready to search for your biological family?
Applying for a GRAITH FOUNDATION Search Service Scholarship is a multi-step process which takes an average of two (2) weeks to complete.
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GRAITH FOUNDATION is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which seeks to connect people with their families, their past, their lineage, and their futures. Through our program, ROOTS BirthFamily Finders, GRAITH seeks to reunite members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents).
Your Journey Begins Here!
The journey to locating your biological family member begins when you complete and submit your application online and pay the one-time $50 application fee. Our team of genealogists and professional researchers will review each application. It should include, any and all documents related to your adoption/placement, including non-identifying information (provided to you by the adoption agency), adoption records, court records, and any other information that you deem pertinent to your search.
In addition to the aforementioned information, we also request a simple home video up to ten (10) minutes in length, of you discussing your goals, expectations, and adoption story. The video may include what you know about your adoption/placement, and your intention for searching now.
If your application and documentation lead us to believe that a successful search would likely occur, a researcher will contact you for an interview and consultation within five (5) days of your submission. This call will be either via telephone or Skype. The call will be no more than thirty (30) minutes. Prior to this contact, you will receive confirmation of receipt of all documents and video. The interview and consultation allows us to ask any further questions to ensure a good fit with our program and will allow us to confirm that you have realistic expectations related to this search process. This call also gives us the opportunity to explain our process and some to of the potential pitfalls of a search.
Your application packet will then be reviewed by our selection team. This team is comprised of former clients, professional genealogists, and people who are passionate about the mission of GRAITH Foundation. This team will make the final decision about your case and whether GRAITH Foundation will fund your search. The average value for search services is over $2000. This scholarship is offered to qualified applicants who comply with ALL application requirements. We ask that each scholarship recipient participate in the fundraising efforts of the foundation.
If selected, you will also be emailed several release forms, waivers, and disclosures, most notably a notice that, even with our best efforts, the biological family member that you seek may not be located and a successful reunion is not guaranteed.
Because of the complexity of a search, GRAITH Foundation cannot estimate the time it would take to discover, locate, or facilitate a reunion. Application acceptance varies and is based on program funding and researcher availability.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is there an age limit for seekers/targets?
A: All parties, seekers and targets must be over the age of 18.
Q: Can I get the targets contact information BEFORE GRAITH contacts them?
A: Because we value privacy for ALL parties involved, GRAITH will not provide target contact information to seekers without the targets permission.
Q: What do researchers do?
A: While our researchers are highly trained, they are not robots. These highly skilled, passionate people begin with thorough review of all documents that the seeker provides. Though each case is different, our team approaches each case with a detailed search plan. After the search is completed, our researchers and genealogists provide detailed reports on what the research process discovered and any and all proposed next steps.
Q: Is there a cost that applicants need to pay for search services?
A: There is a $50 application fee to ensure the commitment level of each applicant. After the application process is complete and the applicants case has been accepted, GRAITH, through our generous donors, will fund all search expenses, excluding travel, court fees, and DNA kits. The value of the average search is approximately $2000. We believe that the majority of our applicants cannot simply write a check for that amount of money. GRAITH offers these scholarships in order to allow applicants the opportunity to locate their biological family without financial worry. We encourage our applicants to actively participate in fundraising, however, to ensure the success of their search as well as helping to fund another applicants search.
Q: What is the process of fundraising?
A: Our goal is to ensure that the applicant pay nothing out of pocket, other than the initial $50 application fee. The way this is done is through fundraising and the generous contributions from our donors. We need contributions to help defer the costs and expenses associated with genealogical and birthfamily finding research. It is our hope that recipients will actively participate in raising funds for their search. All contributions are tax deductible. All gifts secured by the applicant’s personal fundraising efforts will first be applied to the applicant’s case, up to $2000. All additional funds will be added to a general fund.
Q: What expenses are not covered by GRAITH?
A: The following expenses are NOT covered by GRAITH Foundation in the scholarship or fundraising efforts by applicants and are the sole responsibility of the applicant:
Personal travel expenses
Other ancillary services
Q: How long do I have to wait before my family member is found?
A: There is no way to determine how long a search will take to complete. GRAITH Foundation makes every effort to locate biological family members, but often, people simple cannot be found.
Q: I am under 18-years-of-age. Can I submit an application?
A: We cannot accept an application if it is submitted by anyone under 18. Likewise, we cannot search for family members that are under the age of 18.
Hopefully this has answered some of your questions. Additional questions can be discussed during the phone interview and consultation. Each applicant is handled on an individual basis.
To submit an application select the link below. A non-refundable fee of $50 will be charged to ensure the commitment level of each applicant.