We were the first adoption registry and we have the most amount of adoption reunion requests out there. There is one-time registration fee of only $69.99 is non-refundable, (completely tax deductible) and it entitles new members to permanent registration with no renewal required. You will have a lifelong membership with us. You will not need to register again in the future, but we do encourage all members to update their information with us if it changes…especially if you have found your family! There are two ways to register with ALMA: you may download our form and mail it to us with your check or you may fill out the form online and make payment through PayPal.

**Searchers claiming former membership should fill out the app, mark it ‘update’ and submit electronically, via fax (973) 586-1358, or regular mail.  Once received, we will check for former membership.

There are 2 ways to register with ALMA:

Register by Mail
Register Online

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about ALMA:

What happens after I register with ALMA?
Membership application is received, and we check our database for possible matches. We search all on-line registries for posts by member and/or posts for member. Welcome letter, chapter list, and list of URL’s will be emailed to new member, including the post adoption laws for the particular state in which they are searching.
Who may register with ALMA?
Some adoptive parents are now searching for the birth parent(s) of their minor children. As the legal guardian of a minor child, the adoptive parent has an absolute right to make this decision and we support it. They understand their child’s need to know their roots is not a negotiation of his love for them but an affirmation of himself as a human being. We welcome them most warmly.
Adult adoptees over 18 years of age.
Birth parents.
Foster children over 18 years of age.
Adoptive parents of a minor child under 18 years of age.
Siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents.
No third party or intermediary applications will be accepted.
How do I update my information with ALMA?
The one-time fee of only $69.99 is non-refundable, (completely tax deductible) and it entitles new members to permanent registration with no renewal required. You may update your information in the ALMA Registry whenever you have new facts for us, without additional charge. Just mark “Update” on your membership application form. Also, when you find, please inform us so we can mark your case as matched and reunited, or found. Please include an e-mail address as that is the way you will be contacted. Providing information to you in writing is preferable to providing it over the telephone.
How do you match people?
We have a Reunion Databank. It contains the vital statistics of adoptees, birth parents and all persons separated by adoption for possible matching.
In most cases adoptees do not know their original names; birth parents do not know the adoptive names of the children they surrendered for adoption. The facts that we do know are:

  • Sex of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth

For example, if a mother who gave up a son born May 20, 1930 in St. Luke’s Hospital, New York and an adopted male with matching information both register with us, we put them in touch without delay.

How does my donation help ALMA?
We are a completely volunteer organization and we do not receive any state or federal funding. Your donation helps us cover our operating costs which include telephone/fax/computer software, website hosting fees, printing, postage, monthly service provider fees, etc. Our only source of income is through registration fees and donations from members and friends. It is only through their loyal support that ALMA has been able to continue to maintain our Registry and continue into our 39th year of search and support service to the adoption community.
As with anything else, there are costs associated with running ALMA and other registries and groups,

  • Webhosting fees
  • Domain registration fees
  • Monthly service provider fees ( i.e. AOL, Optonline etc.)
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Computer programming & repairs
  • Printer and printing supplies (ink cartridges etc.)
  • Postage
  • Stationery/envelopes/photocopies/printing
  • Utilities (i.e. gas/electric)
  • Telephone/fax

Many searchers have been reunited because of the financial support of our members. Their continuing support will enable us to continue to help future searchers reunite.

ALMA Policies

  • We do not perform the search but will assist our members.
  • Registrants are responsible for information provided.
  • Registrations fees and donations are IRS tax deductible.
  • When you conclude your search, please provide an update for your file so your case file can be closed.
  • The registration fee of $69.99 entitles you to a permanent registration – meaning you have lifetime assistance with your search and reunion issues.
  • Local chapters, the search assistant network and the ALMA Research Library are all staffed by volunteers willing to help you.

ALMA will grant honorary memberships to any active member of the Armed Forces. The registrant must submit proof of service record, and be actively serving.