|THE PROBLEM||OUR GOALS||
HOW YOU CAN HELP
|We are missing
opportunities to collect DNA in China.
Currently, thousands of families are traveling back to China on heritage tours and birth parent searches. During these visits, adoptive families sometimes meet birth parents, but they are usually birth parents of a child they don't know. These are tremendous but short-lived opportunities to collect DNA samples, as well as gathering accompanying information for future matches.
Since DNA processing is expensive, these opportunities to collect DNA are usually passed by. That means that a potential birth parent match is lost, probably forever.
A low-cost and efficient way to collect DNA from birth families in China is needed. That's what DNAConnect.Org aims to provide.
Life circumstances quickly change. People pass away, they move, or their desire to match with members of their birth family – child or parent – grows as the years go on. That's why it's so important to gather DNA now, before it's too late.
It's not about finding a match today. It's about seizing the opportunity to be able to find a match in the future, whether it happens in two months or twenty years. If you are an an adoptive parent, don't close the doors of opportunity for your adopted child; give them the gift of the possibility of locating a birth parent.
|The goal of DNAConnect.org
is to provide low-cost DNA kits to every adoptive family traveling
to China (later to other sending countries) in search of birth parents.
Since the cost to the adoptive family will then be low, traveling families
will have a strong incentive to test any birth family they meet in-country.
This will act as a "search effort multiplier," dramatically
increasing the overall search success of the Chinese, Guatemalan, Vietnamese,
and other adoptive communities.
Our first and immediate goal is to raise $10,000. These funds will be used for website development, birth parent database creation, and the procurement of collection vials to be sent to traveling families.
Once that first $10,000 is raised, we'll begin distributing kits and helpful forms to traveling families who are interested in collecting DNA samples from birth parents in China. If we are not able to raise the full $10,000, all donations will be refunded (the "Kick Starter" model).
Now. Pay it forward. Help us provide DNA kits to searching
families and those traveling to China. By donating a non-deductible
donation of $100 or more and supporting this project, you will be provided
any DNA matches in the future free of charge, no matter when or by whom
the DNA was collected. More importantly, you will be part of a ground-breaking
endeavor that will give countless adoptees and their birth families
the information they need to experience peace and contentment from knowing
their origins and history. And who knows? The match may one day be yours.
Collect DNA. If you have an upcoming trip to China, contact us about the opportunity to collect DNA from birth families.
Spread the Word. Tell others about our mission and about this website. Spread the word on Facebook, to adoptive family Yahoo groups, FCC groups, adoption forums, and travel groups. The more support we gain from the international adoption community, the more DNA we will be able to collect. This project is truly a "pay it forward" opportunity.