civil focus by Patricia Shaughnessy “ 4 Laws Governing Adoption Searches She had been searching for the past 42 years for the son she lost --initially in her mind and heart, then recently, with my help. She gave birth to him when she was only 14 years old; she never married or had another child. Her mother dis-owned her, but the Florence Crittenden Home in Phoenix, Arizona took her in and assisted with placing him for adoption. The aching hole in her heart led her to contact me. I located him in Louisiana at the catfish restau-rant where he worked. He had fallen on hard times and had it not been for the kindness of one of the landlords, I might not have been able to contact him. The joy of this reunion is nearly indescribable, for both had been looking for and missing each other throughout their lives. My client, who went through a very difficult life and spent time in prison defending herself from a rape, lives on a fixed income, and normally could not afford to conduct a search without the help of a pro-gram like Arizona’s Confidential Intermediary Program. Most legal investigators have been asked at least once to find a birth parent or an adop-tee. It should be easy since we routinely lo-cate people in our profession. However, it is important to be adequately acquainted with the different states’ statutes and policies for access to adoption records. The investigator also needs to possess sufficient identifying information to conduct such a search and this information is often found in the adop-tion files and/or on original birth certificates. Approximately 20 states have some form of a confidential intermediary program that sets up a process for investigators to have access to otherwise confidential records. The Arizona Confidential Intermediary Program was established by the Arizona State Legislature in 1992 pursuant to A.R.S. § 8-134. Effective January 1, 2008, the Legislature extended the role of the confidential intermediary program to include the Sibling Information Exchange Program (“SIX”) which provides former dependent children the the legal investigator S t a t e s of Gray 50 Not all successful searches result in happy reunions particularly when consent is not granted. However, over time and after reflection by the search subject, this can change."