MyTaproot is an adoptee-led project created specifically for adoptees searching for their birth roots, based on extensive survey-based input and conversations with both adoptees and adoptive families on what they would like to see in an all-inclusive Birth Family Search service. Our team consists entirely of adoptees, adoptive families, and experts in the adoption, medical, and DNA fields with a wide range of experiences who have worked extremely hard to build what hopes to be a dynamic, ethical, accessible, and supportive Birth Family Search service.
MyTaproot is the first large-scale, internationally-coordinated effort to provide an opportunity for Chinese adoptees to potentially reconnect with their birth families. Birth Family Searches for Chinese adoptees are emotionally and technically complex and many factors must be taken into account when considering whether to initiate a search. Our services and support programs endeavor to lessen these complexities and are open to all Chinese adoptees living around the world, regardless of which agency was used for their adoption.
In our conversations with the adoption community about Birth Family Search, the consensus was that an organized, transparent, accessible, ethical, and supported process was needed. MyTaproot hopes to be the solution.
MyTaproot is an adoptee-led project created based on extensive survey based input and conversations with both adoptees and adoptive families on what they would like to see in an all-inclusive birth family search service. Our MyTaproot team consists entirely of adoptees, adoptive families, and experts in the adoption, medical, and DNA fields with a wide range of experiences who have worked diligently to build what hopes to be a dynamic, ethical, accessible, and supportive birth family search service.
MyTaproot is the first large-scale, internationally-coordinated effort that has been thoughtfully designed to provide members with a simplified and straight-forward approach to Birth Family Search, with access to continued clinical support throughout the process and tools to connect with others in their community.
As Birth Family Searches evolve, MyTaproot strives to meet the ever-changing needs of our members.
While MyTaproot represents the collective efforts of a team consisting entirely of adoptees, adoptive families, and experts in the adoption, medical, and DNA fields within the international Chinese adoption community, it was built through the philanthropic efforts, support, and vision of Chinese Children Adoption International (CCAI), the largest China adoption agency in the world. Facilitating over 12,000 adoptions since 1992, CCAI has always been committed to the long-term well being of adoptees and keenly attentive to the evolving and complex needs of the adoption community. As Birth Family Searches evolve, MyTaproot strives to meet the ever-changing needs of our members.
MyTaproot is a post-adoption adoptee service coordinated independently under CCAI and is not an adoption service under the purview of CCCWA (China Center for Children Welfare and Adoption) - CCCWA is not providing assistance or additional information to MyTaproot. However, CCCWA has been openly supportive of adoptees searching for more information on their beginnings.
Currently, there is no law against Birth Family Searches, and the Chinese government has promoted widespread broadcast and social media stories about successful searches - a great indication of support.
MyTaproot feels confident that our efforts will only open up more avenues and provide more opportunities for adoptees and their families searching for their birth roots.
Thanks to a generous endowment, MyTaproot membership is currently offered free of charge. We believe that birth family search should be supportive, transparent, accessible, and secure for all adoptees who choose to search.
If a high-potential match is identified, members will be notified with their match information immediately. If members desire to pursue DNA match confirmation, members will need to obtain a DNA report (if not already completed). In some cases, members may be responsible for birth family DNA testing.
If a match is confirmed and the member wishes to utilize MyTaproot's match support services, MyTaproot will provide translation and communication coordination between the member and your birth relative on a fee-for-service basis.
If a Discovery trip is desired, MyTaproot will coordinate all travel services for an additional fee to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
For more information regarding MyTaproot’s process and costs, please visit How It Works.
Though we wish that we could provide our services free of charge, a coordinated effort of this scale requires financial support. MyTaproot’s DNA partnerships in China, our translation services, clinical staff, and website support all require funding. MyTaproot is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and has worked diligently and thoughtfully to create an accessible fee structure that covers only necessary expenses without compromising quality of service.
Your MyTaproot Membership provides:
MyTaproot will carefully analyze and screen potential birth families before presenting a high-potential match to a member. Members retain control of their journey and can choose to move forward or not.
We understand that the decision to pursue a Birth Family Search can be emotionally taxing and one that requires a lot of trust. The Greenhouse adoptees forum is a safe and secure place specifically built for adoptees to connect with each other and share their stories. MyTaproot also provides a focused, recommended list of adoption therapists for adoptees to work with, if desired.
MyTaproot’s priority is to provide a search process that educates and supports the adoptee’s unique emotional needs. Upon registration, you will be provided with continued clinical support that culminates in dedicated support from MyTaproot clinical staff at the time of match.
Undertaking a Birth Family Search can be an emotionally taxing decision that takes a lot of trust from not only adoptees but adoptive parents, siblings, and other adoptive relatives as well. The Greenhouse is a safe and secure space specifically built for adoptive parents and family members to connect with each other and share their stories. MyTaproot also provides a focused, recommended list of adoption therapists for adoptive parents and relatives to work with, if desired.
According to the Criminal Law of People’s republic of China, the punishment for the crime of child abandonment is five year maximum imprisonment (Section 8, Article 87). Also, as stated in Section 8, Article 87 (1) The statute of limitation states: “Crimes are not to be prosecuted where the following periods have elapsed: (1) in cases where the maximum legally-prescribed punishment is fixed-term imprisonment of less than five years, where five years have elapsed”. Therefore, there will be no legal prosecution against those birth parents who abandoned their child/ren five years ago. Please Note: This is our understanding as well as interpretation by our Chinese attorneys. However, we recommend all parties consult their own attorney.
MyTaproot will continue searching for you as long as you are a member. A Birth Family Search can be a difficult and prolonged undertaking. We believe that our multifaceted search process is the best way to increase the odds of a match and reunification. It’s important to note that adoptees and their families should not enter this process expecting a quick match. The timing of matches is unpredictable and although some matches may happen within a few weeks of submission, the reality is that many adoptees may never find their birth family. We will stick by you and search with you as long as you need us to.
As the MyTaproot community grows, it is possible that members may find siblings and other relatives through the BRACE questionnaire system and MapRoot. However, the DNA reports that we ask all members to upload can not definitively identify any match other than birth parent - further testing will be needed to confirm other relative matches.
MyTaproot's BRACE analysis pulls data from two main databases - BaoBei Hui Jia and Hai Wai XunZi - actively comparing demographic, finding, and physical information from not only adoptees, but also birth families in China who are also searching. We are very excited to partner with BaoBei Hui Jia - the largest birth family search charity in China. Bao Bei Hui Jia collects information from birth families who believe their child was a victim of trafficking, while Hai Wai XunZi collects information from birth families who relinquished their children. MyTaproot also may utilize data from other searching services without sharing personal identifying information. With these databases, MyTaproot hopes to enable a more all-encompassing Birth Family Search.
Your Birth Family Search journey is completely yours to control. You can stop or restart the search process at any time. Please read our Terms of Service for additional information.
MyTaproot will only contact active members with potential match information. We believe that pursuing a Birth Family Search requires an adoptee/adoptive family’s consent. MyTaproot will only contact members who have considered the consequences of pursuing a Birth Family Search, have registered for a search through our service, and have agreed to MyTaproot’s Terms of Service.
The type of testing needed for confirming genetic relatedness between specific individuals consists of a technique known as STR analysis that generates an allele sizing report. STR analysis is a direct relative (i.e. parents and siblings) DNA test. Many of the DNA labs within China currently matching birth parents and their children already perform this standard STR analysis. The resulting allele sizing reports yield results in the universal language of numbers which can then be matched or excluded with a high degree of confidence, regardless of the countries from which the reports are generated.
In very rare cases, MyTaproot members may be requested to fund a DNA test for a potential birth family match - some potential birth relatives may not have the ability to pay for a DNA test.
Chinese DNA labs only match relatives based on specific Allele Sizing DNA reports generated by STR analysis. You are more than welcome to contact the provider of your DNA test to see if they can offer this type of report and use this in place of a MyTaproot report.
According to China’s Human Genetic Resource Management Regulation, chapter 1, article 5, and chapter 4, article 30, no individuals or organizations are allowed to transport DNA samples to foreign countries. This is a crime, currently punishable by a fine of $8,000 up to $150,000.
When you submit your DNA through Labcorp, Labcorp will send you a DNA report compatible with our lab partners in China. Once you receive this report, we will ask you to upload it to our site where we will then share it with our lab partners in China.
All MyTaproot genetic information is anonymized and aggregated before it is sent to our lab partners in China. No one in China will ever be able to identify your genetic information as belonging to you.
If members are presented with a high-probability match through MyTaproot and wish to verify the match with DNA confirmation, MyTaproot will coordinate with China DNA labs to conduct match verification.