This is a non for profit group run by Barbara Mason & Mick McNulty.There are children who want to find their birth parents and there are birth parents trying to find their children. My advice to them is to get DNA tested with Ancestry DNA.mmcn 2018Why we formed and what we do.
Along with Cathy Grey from Ottawa, Ontario I had helped Barbara to find her birth father using DNA and genealogy during this period we became good friends and after the celebrations were over, Barbara and I decided we should help others to achieve their dream.
When I was going to Scotland’s People at the Mitchell Library, on the search for Barbara’s dad, I used to say to Barbara that I was going on a Daddy Hunt. So when we needed a name for this group ”Daddy Finders” seemed as good a name as any. What we do is pretty simple, we help people who are looking for their birth parents using DNA and Genealogy.
We have been doing this since 2017 and have found helped over 90 people to find their birth parents, we are currently working on another 30 cases, 13 of which are very close to conclusion and the remainder are at various stages of the process.
How it’s done
If someone wants us to help them all they need to do is buy an Ancestry DNA kit, do the test, invite us to the test results and we will work on the results. In most cases people will know one parent so I would start of by doing a family tree for that person,
If you make a tree for a known parent, it cuts the work load in half and when that is done, we can attach DNA to members of that tree then the unattached DNA by default, should be the unknown parents DNA matches. We have solved cases where no parent was known but it is easier with a known parent.
Our success rate is about 85% the missing 15% equates to three cases that have been on going for over a year but we haven’t given up on any of them.
You do not need to know anything about who you are looking for, it helps if you do but don’t let it stop you if you don’t know.
What we do
Barbara runs the organisational side of Daddy Finders, clerical, fundraising, banking and setting up meetings with related organisations, basically she set the charity up and runs it. I do the DNA research.
We run a Facebook Page, Daddy Finders, Helping Adoptees to Find Their Birth Parents.
We have over 350 members This works as a self help group where people can talk openly about their feelings and expectations, Barbara is exceptionally good at dealing with this side of things when people make their fist contact she knows they may have had to pluck up the courage to do this, she puts her own experience to good use and people instantly confide in her.
She tells them what we do and how we do it and she speaks openly about her trials and tribulations and they reciprocate. She just seems to take everything in her stride. This part of what we do is just as important as actually finding the person.
I was not adopted but everyone I speak to that has been, whether or not they had good or bad experiences, all seem to have similar feelings and thoughts, this Facebook Page gives them an opportunity to speak openly with each other in a post or a one to one PM or in a group PM the feedback is very positive and that is down to Barbara.
Most of our work comes via the Facebook Page.
We have helped people from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada Jamaica, Australia and New Zealand.
In the last 3 years we have reunited over ninety people with their birth parents.
There is no charge for our work as we think it is wrong to put a financial barrier on someone trying to find their parent or child. Everything costs money, so donations are more than welcome as there are overheads to be paid for.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Some of our success stories.