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On This Day... 8/18/2017 

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Where to Start

Here at ICARE, we ask every Wisconsin triad member to register with our Wisconsin Adoptee - Birth Family Registry. In the event we are able to facilitate a match within the registrations already on file, it will save you time and financial expense. If we do not have a match for you, we suggest the following for your information.

Do you have a certified copy of your birth certificate?
Download the Birth Certificate Request Form (PDF Format) to obtain this from the
State of Wisconsin, Bureau of Vital Statistics

To Searching Adoptees without Birth name: 
We suggest that you contact the State of Wisconsin Search Program. When doing so, you will receive a Search Packet that must be filled out and returned by you. The packet will detail your options, whether it is just requesting your Medical/Genetic/and Birth family Social History or asking the State to actually do your Search and contact your Birth Mother to see if she is receptive to having contact with you. 

There is a fee for their service. Be sure and ask up front what will be required of you so that you will know what to anticipate. You may qualify for a reduced rate based on need. Please inquire. You can make your initial request for a Search Packet to:

Adoption Records Search Program
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
(608) 266-7163
E-mail -

Include your adoptive name, DOB, Adoptive parents names, place of birth,  a current phone number, your current address, and the Agency that handled your Adoption, if known. Tell them ICARE referred you to them. Should they complete your search for you, let us know the results so we can post accordingly. Good Luck!


To Birth Family Members/BirthParents and Adoptees with Birth name:

ICARE Search help is available to you by request. Our Search Staff does not ask for an hourly fee. However, reimbursement of expenses is expected. A search can be done in a range from "Free to maximum $300", (Depending on County of Birth and expenses involved). Each case will be evaluated in advance and quoted for your pre-approval. 

(The State of Wisconsin Search Program at this time has no provision within it's Adoption Law to Service Birth Parents or Birth Family Members.)


To Searching Adoptees born at the Martha Washington Home for Unwed Mothers AKA Booth Memorial Hospital located at 6306 Cedar Street, Wauwatosa, WI. 

You need not contact the State Search Program. You may contact the Salvation Army direct at:
Salvation Army
10 West Algonguin Road
Des Plaines, IL. 60016

This Facility works with the Salvation Army’s Missing Persons/Adoption Reuniting Organization, implementing the Law via the the established guidelines of the State Search Program. The Home mentioned above was run by the Salvation Army. All the birthing records are housed in Des Plaines, IL. 

You will need to submit a notarized letter of request for their services. There is an Administration fee of $50 to process your request for them to contact your Birth Mother to see if she is receptive. If she is willing to sign an Affidavit of Consent, they will reunite you. This avenue of Search is the most economical financially. Please don’t delay. Contact them today and Request their Services. Tell them ICARE referred you to them. 

The only other birthing facility in Wauwatosa was "Milwaukee County General Hospital". they can tell you if you were NOT born at the Salvation Army Facility described above and then you can contact the State Search Program for service. Often the Hospital or Institution line was left blank. This is a "good" indication the Home mentioned above is the correct birthing place. Let us know should they complete your Search so we can post accordingly.


To All Adoptees & Birth Family Members
ICARE encourages you to register with the ISRR, the International Soundex Reunion Registry.  ISRR is a non-profit reunion registry funded solely by donations with several hundred thousand registrations on file

Write to the address below including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive a current registration form: (all donations are greatly appreciated).

International Soundex Reunion Registry
P.O. Box 2312
Carson City, NV 89702-2312

We wish you the best of luck in your search.

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