Great news for adoptees! MyHeritage has launched DNA Quest, which provides DNA test kits to help those with unknown parentage to reconnect with their biological roots.
Note: This post was updated in April 2020.
DNA Quest for Adoptees
At RootsTech 2018, MyHeritage showed their support for those with unknown parentage (there are 7 million adoptees in the United States alone) with their new DNA Quest campaign. MyHeritage will provide 15,000 free DNA test kits to eligible adoptees to help them use DNA to reunite with their biological families. With this initiative they “hope to make this project a shining light for corporate philanthropy and an example to be followed by other commercial companies in their own lines of expertise to make the world a better place.” MyHeritage has assembled an advisory board of genetic genealogists and genetic counselors to help drive this project and ensure it meets the needs of the community.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating, you can head on over to the DNA Quest website to fill out an application. But you’d better hurry: the application deadline is April 30, 2018.
Update (April 27, 2020): Since this initial announcement, DNA Quest has opened up even more DNA kits for adoptees. Currently, they are taking names on a waiting list at the DNA Quest website. MyHeritage has published some great success stories about people who have reconnected with their birth families, too. We loved this documentary they made about sisters who have reunited. What a story!
DNA discoveries of your own
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