Other birthfamily members may know about an adoption
from the planning stages or may learn of it after the fact. Some participate in the decision-making process, others do not. As the silence has been lifted from discussions about adoption, and the stigma once associated with unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and adoption has dissipated, birthfamily members often play a part in open adoptions
and for those who do not, search may be of interest. In either case, birthfamily members' voices are among those being heard.
Often times aunts and uncles remembering a sibling's unplanned pregnancy will be quick to meet their nieces and nephews lost through adoption. Birthfamily members are sometimes the instigators of a search, or if not the instigator, than usually actively involved in welcoming the adoptee back into the fold. Grandparents are a large part of this pool as well, having at one time supported the birth parents through an unplanned pregnancy or assisting in adoption plans. Family is family and most want to meet and know the members of their family. With Genealogy searches and indexes on the rise, more and more people are looking to reconnect with family.