Who is eligible?
Participation in this project is open to adoptees seeking to find their biological family members, and to parents and other family members looking for a child they had placed in adoption years ago. Preference will be given to people who are not able to afford genetic testing. Leveraging the power of genetic genealogy opens new doors in the search for relatives, and we believe everyone should be able to access this valuable technology.
Applications are open until April 30, 2018. Apply Now
Open now until April 30, 2018
by May 16, 2018
All DNA kits shipped
by May 31, 2018
July 2018 onward
About DNA testing
Searching for long-lost relatives can be a challenge without a paper trail or any other informational clues. Luckily, inside the cells of our bodies is a map of our genetic history, called DNA. We each inherit 50% of our DNA from our mother and 50% from our father, which means that our biological parents’ genetic legacy is written into the cells of our body.
By examining the DNA is genetic material from a cheek swab, we are able to compare one person’s DNA to that of everyone else who has taken the test. When two people’s DNA results show that they share DNA in common, we are able to calculate the likely relationship between them, such as cousins, siblings, or parent/child. When names, dates, and locations may be unavailable, DNA is often the best link between family members trying to find one another.
Already taken a
If you have already tested with another DNA service, you can upload your DNA data to MyHeritage for free to participate in this project. You will receive more matches and benefit others searching for their biological family.
This pro bono project is brought to you by MyHeritage together with top experts in the fields of genetic genealogy and adoption. This alliance ensures the best possible professional and emotional support for participants.
Founder, DNA Detectives
The Genetic Genealogist
DNA Testing Adviser
Founder, Watershed DNA
Founder, The DNA Geek
VP, The AAC
MyHeritage is a global leader in family history and genetic genealogy. MyHeritage was founded in 2003 and offers a simple-to-use family tree platform, an expanding collection of 8.5 billion historical records, powerful matching technology, and a fast-growing, integrated DNA testing service. MyHeritage DNA is a powerful DNA test that reveals previously unknown relatives and ethnic origins. The MyHeritage DNA database has surpassed one million people and is among the fastest growing in the industry. Trusted by 94 million users, MyHeritage seeks to enable everyone to discover who they are and where they come from.
MyHeritage has reunited many adoptees with their biological families since launching its DNA testing service. Here are a few of MyHeritage’s recent success stories.
"I can't tell you what it means to finally meet my brother after 65 years"
Izak, reunited with brother Shep
"I'm grateful everyday that a DNA test could answer my questions"
Sheila, found her biological father, Warren
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