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Support for Adoptive Parents

Joe Brous Buttrill
suggested this on February 2, 2011, 10:35 AM

On the Tree view of Geni, when you click on the yellow up arrow for adding a parent, add two new choices for "Add Adoptive Father" and "Add Adoptive Mother." Then let Geni update its databases in such away so as to support both birth parents and adoptive parents.

According to http://www.geni.com/people/Philip-J-Decker-Edwards/6000000003483639500 this request has been outstanding for over three years. According to http://www.geni.com/people/Mike-Stangel/54 "Properly supporting adoption is on our 'to do' list."

 

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Geni Customer Support
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As of March 2015, Geni now supports adoption.  Read more at http://www.geni.com/blog/new-on-geni-adoption-387942.html

March 9, 2015, 11:22 AM
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Geni Customer Support
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There's not going to be agreement here and I don't feel there's a sense of mutual respect among the comments.  We're going to close this from further discussion.

January 10, 2015, 1:32 PM
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Eric Cartman

Bob Alberti

true Genealogy is for genetically related people otherwise you might as well go do your neighbors family tree. because your not related.Genealogy is for people who are related and match genetically.End of story

January 10, 2015, 1:27 PM
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Bob Alberti

Hi Carl,

It was nice to see your response. I just need to point out that I've been waiting FOUR YEARS  since my message of Feb 5, 2011, for this feature to be added. Muammar Ishak's comment from November 2011 suggests he's been waiting since 2008. Counseling patience in such a circumstance is absurd - it's clear this feature is never going to be implemented.

Genealogy is a lot of work. I'm not going to abuse or overload features in order to get a service to accept my data - the whole thing could fall apart if those features are modified or altered in a way that does not allow them to work as substitutes for adoptive connections. I have four parents - two adoptive, and two biological. I have ten siblings - two adoptive, three by my spouse, two by my biological mother, and three by my biological father. I have eight grandparents, likewise. My birthfather's genealogy extends back to the Mayflower - my adoptive father's genealogy includes the Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti. If I can't represent those branches in Geni then the service is, as I concluded my message four years ago, useless to me. 

-Bob Alberti

January 10, 2015, 12:10 PM
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Ashley Odell
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Oh, and I just noticed the comment from Rob van Aurich in December and want to make sure it gets a response...

No, Geni is not a Jewish project or company. You might be thinking of their parent company, MyHeritage, being headquartered is Israel, but both Geni and MyHeritage are completely unaffiliated with any religion. We do have a large Jewish userbase on Geni that contributes very much to our World Family Tree, but they're just regular users like you and me. :)
January 10, 2015, 11:53 AM
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Ashley Odell
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Thanks for replying, Geni!

My family has had a beautiful experience with adoption -- both in and out -- and I look forward to being able to *choose* to show relationships in accordance with my relatives' wishes. It's been said before, but so many other trees offer this and it's such a glaring omission, as demonstrated by all the people backing this request and asking in the Discussions area for help with showing adoptive families.

So my humble request is...is there any chance we can get a projected timeframe for when this might occur? I'd be happy with something broad like "fall 2016-ish" or whatever. It would just be reassuring to have some sense that the movement is real, even if it's still just in the planning phase.

Thank you! Yay Geni. :)
January 10, 2015, 11:48 AM
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Carl, here at Geni we consider this an issue of enhancing our software to support this type of familial relationship, for those who so choose.  I'm an adoptive parent myself (open adoption) so I would ask that you please refrain from casting aspersions on the entire system, or those who choose to adopt. [Edit: I say "here at Geni" because I am the general manager of Geni.com -- I realized too late that my comment looks like one Geni user telling another how things should be]

January 10, 2015, 11:02 AM
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Eric Cartman

Annelise  I am perfectly fine with the biological family I have. I do have a problem with stealing ones Identity , withholding legal documents ,altering legal documents and being lied to my entire life by people who do not respect me. and are not related to me. It has been a lifelong process undoing my adoption and restoring my Identity.  I relied heavily on Genealogy to accomplish this.if you allow the Adoptors to alter more records you are just saying screw these 2nd class citizens.

". But by that same token none of us ever consented to be the children of our parents. Some people who have despicable parents have both a blood and legal relationship to which they never consented."      Do you have any Idea how many times I have heard this Cliche?  I am fine with the family I was born into and I find this condescending as most adoptees do.

This is a adoptee rights issue not a Adopted parents support issue

 

 

January 10, 2015, 9:27 AM
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Annelise
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Geni IS a toy. Or a tool, or a way to organize information. But real people can have information about themselves displayed in a way they don't like. It appears that you were forced into a legal relationship known as adoption as a minor and you want absolutely no intimation that the legal relationship could or should be construed as that of parent and child. You never consented to the adoption, and therefore once you were finally able to release yourself, you do not want any record of that legal relationship broadcast, especially shown on this website. Did I get it right? I don't blame you. But by that same token none of us ever consented to be the children of our parents. Some people who have despicable parents have both a blood and legal relationship to which they never consented. Some would prefer to list only their adoptive parents and totally obliterate the relationship to their biological parents. Your argument that they never consented to the relationship, applies to them just as well. But it misses the entire point of this website which is to nicely organize information that we have collected.
January 9, 2015, 9:57 PM
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Eric Cartman

Annelise here is the problem Living people are suppose to be listed as private . This post is about adopted parents not adoptees . Adoptees are denied basic civil rights and treated as property . I take this very seriously. you look at it as a TOY. I take my civil rights very seriously.

January 9, 2015, 7:21 PM
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Annelise
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Oh for heaven sake. We're talking about a software company and a marvelous genealogy toy. Ancestry.com has fabulous support for both biological and adoptive trees. The are the big boys and girls in town. Heaven knows if one of my ancestors might not of been adopted along the way. I'll never know. I support adding this feature into Geni
January 9, 2015, 6:03 PM
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Judith Judi Elaine (McKee) Burns
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You  always in genealogy list the  adopted child under his/her biological  family -   true Genealogy is about blood lines -  not adopted  lines -  it is our government laws that has forced   most to be listed under their adopted parents  only  because  many adoptions were closed or the  biological and or adopted parents because they  wanted closed adoptions or the fact they the child was adopted hidden for some unknown reason.    It was the adopted children  who  have  sought out their  biological heritage and possibly some of the   parents who   put  children up for adoption -  but each set of parents  whether  biological or adoptive must be  recognized -    when the  biological parents are discovered and documented -  you  move that child from the adoptive  line  to the biological line -  but if the   biological parents are not known....   unless you just  place no name links and  list the  adoptive parents  in the about me - - -  I have had many  who   have sent   family history ignoring the fact of adoption and  I am sure this has went on for many generations past.   But adopted children must be treated in both families  as biological and as adopted  -  if known to be adopted that fact must not be overlooked and hidden   they must be listed as being adopted -   I fell for those who were adopted - and  those who discover by accident that they were adopted.  Truthfully how many  adoptive children are there that is listed  in a genealogy  that has been hidden in the past  no one will ever know   back when that was a fact that was often hidden and covered up by families.  The facts have to be stated correctly in Genealogy   and it  has to be made know if a person is or was not adopted and  both  set of parents listed -  so that in the future the record remains  clear.   each adopted child does owe  to acknowledge  the parents  who raised them  -    if it were not for them  the adopted children  would not be where they are today - you  were loved, nurtured  and gave  you a home, helped with the  education  etc you have today .   This is not stealing your  genetics or  your biological  identity away from you.   Just maybe on distant relative   was honest enough to list the  adopted child as such...   Its something you have to tread lightly on because there is many  adoptions that has not been  recognized as such in famines .

January 9, 2015, 11:55 AM
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Eric Cartman

Being a subject of Adoption at a young age I Strongly oppose Adopted parents undermining Genealogy and the integrity of truth with trying to continue to bury our Identities with this thread. We are treated like property not family.  I OPPOSE ADOPTION ON Family trees

January 9, 2015, 11:19 AM
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Eric Cartman

gregory williamson     Blood is the only family I have , my adoptors are not my family . they are strangers. they have no genetic link to me stop trying to steal peoples Identities and hold them hostage with this adoption crap.these adopted babies grow up and are humans with feelings .we don't want Adoptors committing fraud on our geneology.

January 9, 2015, 11:16 AM
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Judith Judi Elaine (McKee) Burns
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gregory Williamson  this is way I do it for now - till GENI  can decide to support adoptions   @http://www.geni.com/family-tree#6000000010352403595 (Kathleen Louise Rogers-Green Emery)  list the biological parents if known if not known make  Unknown profiles for each - and then   l make profiles for adoptive parents and    I hyphenate the  biological name and the adoptive name  and if a male parent then  his children carries only his adoptive surname.

and make links in each of the about me of the  adopted child back to both sets of parents and  both sets of parents back to the  child which was adopted  

 

The only way I see how to do it not to create a tangled web and  lots of conflicts that  disrupt the tree and cannot be  cleaned up if both sets of parents are listed for the child -

 

I hope this helps in some way

January 9, 2015, 10:14 AM
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gregory williamson
Carl Harrison- somes how much you know if you ask me, if someone is adoptive and that's the only family they knew then they should be allowed to list their adoptive parents as well as their birth ones(if they know them, some are lucky if they do). There's an old saying among my area of the country, Family is more then blood.
January 8, 2015, 9:20 PM
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Kristin Tehvan

I learned that I was adopted 2 years ago, just before I turned 50. My biological mother is dead, my adoptive parents (that I still think of as my real family) are dead too. I know no one from my biological tree... I think it´s a sad situation... 

January 2, 2015, 10:54 AM
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Tim Shoemaker
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One reason I strongly support addition of Adoptive parents is due to multiple adopted people in my family. I consider my adopted cousins just as much cousins as the rest of my family. In my families case, we dont know the biological parents, but if we did, then suddenly I would loose three of my 17 cousins which would be wrong.

My Father also has a cousin who's parents died/disappeared from his life when he was 1 year old... so he was adopted by his own grandparents, and raised with my grandfather like a brother... It would be nice to show that there was an even closer relationship between these two men than the normal Cousin relationship.

December 17, 2014, 10:49 AM
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Eric Cartman

Adopted family does not belong on a family tree. Give the kid his real tree , I'm Adopted I don't need any fraudulent info put on my Family tree

your treating adopted kids as captives. Im all grown up and I cant believe there are people insisting their non blood captives are family.

December 4, 2014, 1:05 PM
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Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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If Mike S says it's on the to do list then you can trust that it will be dealt with eventually. It is indeed an important issue not just for adoptive parents/children but for those relationships that historically are uncertain as Pam W pointed out.  Geni is not a Jewish organisation and although MH is I don't see that as affecting this issue as it is a World tree that we are trying to create here.

August 27, 2014, 3:24 AM
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Rob van Aurich

I think this Geni project is a Jewesh project. And in Israel there are no adoptive children (i.e. hardly no, less than 50 a year). Adoption is almost forbidden in Israel, only if the Beliefs are completely equal it is allowed. So the Geni's will never put any adoptions into this project. It is not their business.

August 27, 2014, 2:15 AM
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Patricia Ann Scoggin (Anderson)

I have 2 great aunts born in the mid 1800's, whose biological father died at sea and was adopted by my gg grandfather to join his family of 14 other children and a nephew who has been adopted by my brother.  Soooo this issue is of great interest to me.  I know that it has been on the "to do" list for those creating new features for Geni for SEVERAL years, but it would seem it is time that this adoptive/foster parent issue should go to the top of the list!!!!!!!!!!!  Those of us with adopted relatives and foster parents/children would like to get our trees as correct as possible!!!  

I saw a comment about making them like a marriage/divorce where you could include the biological parents, who would become "ex-parent(s)", which would work very nicely.  That way if someone wanted to follow that line they would be able to do so.  These adopted and foster children are the children of the heart even though they aren't biologically connected and need to have their "tree" reflecting reality not a "make-do with supportive info in the About section" (although that would still be needed).  There are a lot of suggestions for addressing this challenging issue, soooo, PLEASE get on the stick and address this!!!  You all do a great job in dealing with so many other problems, what is taking so long to resolve this one???????

Here is just one suggestion:

Faye Baldwin had an idea: Too bad the whole thing cant be set up like spouses....set up the orig....set up the 2nd set....and make the original parents as EX-PARENTS... Now THAT would be logical....and useful.  
February 12, 2013 09:03 AM
August 27, 2014, 1:08 AM
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Magnus Eriksson
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Foster children feature is important. Have geni stopped development in favour of my haritage?

I suspect Geni are unsure on how to calculate the number steps when calculating the cloest path between the persons. The easiest solution is that a foster children relation should be treated in the same way as a marriage relation. However, about 50% of our behaviour is caused by biological heritage, and 50% by social environment, so it would even make sense if one foster parent relation corresponds to two steps in the biological tree. 

August 3, 2014, 2:59 AM
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Jacob Clarence Rideout

Any update on this?

July 5, 2014, 1:51 AM
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Judith Judi Elaine (McKee) Burns
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Amen Sally  without the ussers Geni would  of have NOTHIN G  and  we do all the hard work of  the data entering by hand -  I think we as the users deserve  the respect of our ideas of how a genealogy program should work  - if a computer program that is private and   used on a personal computer can support and maintain  the adoptive  foster/guardian  feature  for children of a family so can and online program

March 27, 2014, 9:54 AM
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Marsha Gail (Kamish) Veazey
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There are SO MANY features Geni hasn't gotten around to implementing. Now that it's sold, I have given up on any improvements and just keep entering what I can enter. Too bad. Such a wonderful thought....we're all related.
March 27, 2014, 7:02 AM
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Sally Ann Orpen

C'mon Geni.  3 years is a long time.  We are the ones who add value to this site and there are so many outstanding issues and questions that must be addressed - this being one of them.  I have written a few pleas for help over the last 2 years and NOT ONE of them has been attended to.  Many promises but no action.  I am kind of losing heart, yet I enjoy Geni.  Don't disappoint us.

March 27, 2014, 6:56 AM
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Judith Judi Elaine (McKee) Burns
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Amen  Ashley -  I have basically given up on  ever getting it on GENI - I would like to see it yet tho  I have  been working on my cousin's line in the past and his mother was adopted   and I have carried both line out as they are  both heavy Greene county Indiana  ancestry   also I fell it is important that a person should be able to see both the adoptive  and biological side of the  families-

January 25, 2014, 8:47 AM
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Ashley Odell
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Sorry for the submission flip-out -- I guess even my "Save comment" button is upset. :) But really, this just looks so bad to outsiders and is awful for so many of us already committed to the site. I'm not stomping my foot demanding this feature now, but I would sincerely appreciate some kind of update. Thank you!

January 24, 2014, 11:04 PM
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Ashley Odell
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This morni am looking at my tree and feeling my usual sadness about not being able to work on about 30% of it because of no adoption support, and I'm just genuinely at a loss as to why there's been no communication on this. You guys are *so good* about keeping us users informed, but I feel like we hear nothing on this. Yet whenever I read negative reviews or hear unfavorable comments about Geni at conferences and meetings, this almost always comes up.

January 24, 2014, 10:59 PM
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Judith Judi Elaine (McKee) Burns
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This still need to be implemented in some way- its been on the back burner - burning  all to long - there has to be a way to treat  the adoptive(foster)  parents in some intellectual manner on GENI if it can ben done in private  programs such as Family Tree, Legacy, Root Magic6 < PAF(Personal Ancestral File)  there is no excuse as why it can not and should not be implemented in the GENI platform

September 15, 2013, 10:04 PM
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Ashley Odell
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Just adding another vote of support here.  I can't wait for this to happen and look forward to being able to better work on my tree when it happens.

May 18, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Marsha Gail (Kamish) Veazey
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Faye Baldwin had an idea: Too bad the whole thing cant be set up like spouses....set up the orig....set up the 2nd set....and make the original parents as EX-PARENTS... Now THAT would be logical....and useful.
February 12, 2013, 9:03 AM
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Craig
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Annelise, I have not read your work-around for adoptive or foster situations, but from Michael's comment and a few assumptions, I'd have to say I disagree with this approach. Relationships are complicated, subjective and unique. Moreover, most of the people I know interested in genealogy take great pride in making sure the records are accurate. Surely, I could figure out a number of ways to work around this issue, but that doesn't mean that it is the right way to go about it, or that we should stop petitioning Geni.com to put effort into supporting this feature. 

I don't know about you, but my family is rife with adoptions, and in many of those cases, knowledge of both sets of parents is requisite to have a full understanding of what those people's lives were like. Espcially when you go back to smaller communities, where you are more likely to find several connections between the biological and adoptive parents, it is currently very difficult to portray that. 

The bottom line is this. For those who are continuing to research, it is important to find a work-around in order to keep track of the things you know/discover while we are waiting for this feature. But, lets also continue to request this feature in the meantime. 

December 1, 2012, 9:48 AM
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Michael Giambrone
The work around hides one tree from view. I am currently using it and I am embarrassed to show my wife's families (she is adopted) geni because of this. Currently her adoptive family would be hidden from view and her adoptive father doesn't show up on the tree, which makes him look like he doesn't exist after raising her for 38 years. So I chose not to invite (both) of her entire families. 40 potential members which would grow exponentially. One of the greatest features about geni was the ability to invite family members and have them build the tree from their perspective.
December 1, 2012, 6:55 AM
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Annelise
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p.s. My family also has orphans that were raised in the family but not adopted.  The ancestry of the foster parents is not relevant to the legal situation of the orphans, their parents has the misforture of dying yount.  The foster parents can be listed with the same workaround as I have used for adoptees. 

December 1, 2012, 6:00 AM
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Annelise
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This has nothing to do with a  "cultural hang-up".  When Geni implements things they should do the most good for the most people - to make the most money for the company  There is a work-around that I have described and you can use it.    You are not being stopped from creating a tree that shows adoptees as full family members.  You can choose to create a birth-parent tree, an adoptive parent tree - or both.  No one is stopping you.  Just do it.

December 1, 2012, 5:56 AM
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Donald William Earnest Partridge

We lead complicated lives and want to include and recognize adopted children as full family members. Adopted children have a natural curiosity to meet and connect with their biological parent or parents and half siblings.  Geni recognizes the concept of "Partner" or "Common-Law relationship" and recognizes that relationships can be opposite-sex or same-sex relationships.  So what is the cultural hang-up over recognizing adopted relationships?  We are now usually identifying these relationships as biological because that where the skill level is.

November 30, 2012, 6:50 PM
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Craig
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I have been hoping for this feature since I first signed up in 2010. My family, and many families are rife with adoptions. In many cases, the adoptive families and blood families BOTH play an extremely important and profound role in a person's life. I'm not sure exactly how it should work out or show on the tree. Perhaps that should be up to the user (choose default parents or something). 

 

I REALLY want this feature. 

November 7, 2012, 10:23 AM
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Judith Judi Elaine (McKee) Burns
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I still would like to see this  support for adoption and even foster childre as people do list them as"blood relatives which is incorrect - - this option should be available on GENI as it is SUPPORTED in    regular   genealoogiclal programs such as Legacy, PAF, family Tree   Below attached is

a screen shot of the main data entry table it covers much more than this issue   but  is request ideas for improvements that have been  ignored over the past year and a half or more

October 6, 2012, 4:31 AM
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Kenneth Haallman

Why isn't there any feedback from the admins?

I just started my free 14 day trial today and planned not to cancel but this is negative. To solve the problem for now I followed this instructions: http://wiki.geni.com/index.php/Adoption The first one gives a three conflict so I thought it was kinda rubbish solution. I therefor went for the second solution. It kinda works but why no integrated solution or any explanation from the admins?

October 5, 2012, 3:15 PM
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Oliver Bryk
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Shortly after the end of WWII one of my relatives formally adopted two children he had hidden during the war; their parents were murdered in Auschwitz. I have created profiles of the children as his son and daughter with a fictitious mother. I would like to add profiles of the children's biological parents to the tree and honor their memory by adding their names to the Auschwitz project. 

July 20, 2012, 4:54 PM
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Elana Kahn
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I think we definitely need more options for parents.  There are people that are the product of donor sperm/egg and even donor embryo who know their biological parents and their "adoptive" parents.  We should be able to name the parent relationship and add as many parent combinations with families as we would like.  Or if we can't name the relationship, have an option for two biological parents (who don't necessarily have to be married to one another) and then unlimited options for non-biological parents.  This needs to be added ASAP!!!!  We pay a lot of money for this service, and this should really be a basic and relatively easy addition.

February 24, 2012, 11:59 AM
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Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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I think that as long as this was not called 'adoptive' it would also be a useful feature in the historic tree where historians are not in agreement about a persons parentage.  This is taking Geni way too long to implement.

January 15, 2012, 5:03 AM
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Muammar Ishak
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It will be good to be supported. I have been waiting in Geni since 2008.

My suggestion, before adding this support please make a survey of other type of parents probably exist base on other country/culture/religion. Another easier way is similar to the comment by P.Wilson where don't name it specifically with "Adoptive". Its better we can add another parents and name that relationship.

November 16, 2011, 3:51 AM
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Dan Cornett
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In a related feature request (showing multiple parents: http://help.geni.com/entries/20475277-show-conflicting-parents-more... ), the idea is proposed of showing non-biological parent-child relationships with a "different line style" (e.g.: dashed line).

September 28, 2011, 7:34 AM
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Annelise
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Start with your blood lines.  Once you have that tree in place, give yourself a "spouse" and name it  either "adoptive tree".  Now use that "spouse" to fill out the adoptive tree.  Repeat for anyone else who is adopted. 

September 17, 2011, 6:18 AM
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Vanessa Heide

I am an adopted child who has been reunited with biological mother and half-siblings, and for which reacquainted my adoptive father with birth mother. My adoptive mother is deceased and my adopted father remarried which gave me older step-siblings.  My adopted parents had also adopted a boy prior to me. My adopted parents and my biological mother plus her few sisters met at time of my adoption and my father with his 2nd wife have been in regular  contacts with each other.  My dad also became the grandfather of children born in his 2nd marriage which made me an aunt and now great aunt too.  Care to tell me how I am supposed to go through all that confusion whilst trying to do my blood lines.  I found this site purely by accident whilst searching a linkage of 1100 and happens to be my history, genetically, by 30 steps.  A source from whom I joined into had managed to trace back to there but I was curious in knowing more of this party/family so far back in history.

September 15, 2011, 7:16 PM
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Iddo Micha Oberski
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Excellent, I get it now thanks!

August 20, 2011, 1:25 AM
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Liivi
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Iddo, Annelise is using Option 2 in http://wiki.geni.com/index.php/Adoption

August 19, 2011, 9:24 PM
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Annelise
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Here is an example for a famous Eurasian in Hong Kong, Sir Robert Ho Tung.  He had no heir, so he adopted his brother's eldest son. 

http://www.geni.com/family-tree/index/4815566143470026453

August 14, 2011, 3:34 AM
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Iddo Micha Oberski
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Hi Anelise, I am interested in your 'alternate tree' option, but do not quite understand how it works. Could you please give a more detailed explanation, as I quite like to try it. In my tree the same person has two foster parents and two biological parents. At the moment, when I look at his tree, I can only see the foster parents and their biological children are mapped as this person's biological brothers. The only way to get to his biological parents seems to be to tupe them into the search field. Perhaps you approach will solve this.

August 13, 2011, 5:51 AM
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Annelise
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The "alternate tree" option works great for those with adopted kids.  1. You give the adoptive child a "spouse".  I named mine "Adoptive tree".  2. Then you change the "spouse" gender to "unknown" this makes it very clear that there is no "error".  Now build the birth parent trees like any other tree. Try it.  I did for one of my relatives and it works like a charm.

August 13, 2011, 2:45 AM
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Job Waterreus

How about foster child, stepchild an legitimate child?

August 8, 2011, 4:59 PM
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Lou
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Is the adoptive parents working  now?  My sister was legally adopted by my aunt, sister of my mom.  She, my sister, is currently linked to both, with a merge or tree conflict. Can she resolve her problem now so she can flag my aunt and uncle as her adoptive parents?

July 1, 2011, 3:30 AM
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Joeri Werbrouck

I agree!!

My wife's great-grandfather was adopted. I know who his biological parents were, and also know his adoptive parents. Please add this feature!!!

June 15, 2011, 6:31 PM
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Cindy Capsanes

I also need this ability to add my adopted family.  I have currently not listed myself on one set because I have merge issues.  This needs to be fixed, please!

June 5, 2011, 3:08 PM
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Joanna Shear

I recently joined Geni. I like the application and am having a great time filling in the tree. However my adoptive children's birth families are a crucial part of our family history, and I will have to move to another site if support for adoptive families isn't added soon.

May 16, 2011, 10:16 AM
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David Monteith

Thanks so much Bjorn, that's brilliant

May 5, 2011, 9:27 AM
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Bjørn P. Brox
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In the Relationship tab when editing a profile you will observe that the names on the parents is a pull-down menu. Just select the correct parent-set for your half brother and click save. If his mother is not added or you have to add her first as a spouse to your father. If she is unknown or you don't want her listed just add a profile temporary as your father spouse and delete her when you have selected the couple as your brothers parents.

When a spouse is added you have the option to define what kind of relationship it is (ex-wife etc).

May 5, 2011, 9:01 AM
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David Monteith

Hi

 

I have a half brother and it lists my mother as his mother which is not true.  Is it possible to remove my mother as his father but keep my father intact?

May 5, 2011, 8:31 AM
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Malcolm Bennett

Yes please add this feature. My son in law was adopted at birth, but has met his biological family & we would love to add them to the tree.

Many thanks.

April 15, 2011, 9:27 AM
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Günther Kipp
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Still no conclusion on adopted children??

April 14, 2011, 7:26 AM
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Phil Martin
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The movement afoot to incorporate a method and means of identifying adopted children is strong.  I am not a programmer, but I think it would not be too difficult to incorporate this long overdue request.  This site is called Geni, but it is not limited to just genes, it also incorporated family history, and adoption is certainly a foundational part of a family history.  Please try to implement this feature into Geni.  Geni has proven to be an incredible tool with wonderful features, but this one praticular  is lacking and appears to be often requested.  Thank You.

March 27, 2011, 9:50 AM
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Mtn Sunshine

I managed to add adoptive parents thru this suggestion, leaving a "conflict", but it's definitely time to make it easier... http://wiki.geni.com/index.php/Adoption

March 21, 2011, 11:42 AM
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Barney Henry

Please, add the support for the 'adoption' feature. Every other basic genealogy system out there seems to support it. Geni is a fantastic online application, but it should really be addressing this long overdue feature as a priority.

March 20, 2011, 3:55 PM
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Carolyn Potter

If I know the biological parents I put them in.

For example, I have a stepfather that adopted the mom's child. So for the parents I put the mom and "unknown". and the child comes from that union.  Then the stepfather is her second relationshp. But since the child is adopeted, the child has the stepfather's last name. And I put a note in "about" that the child was adopted by the stepfather. 

If the child is adopted and the parents are not known, I just put that in the notes too. 

I don't know what to do if the child was adopted by a new mom and dad, but the biological mom and dad are also known.  I suppose even though they are adopeted, they would biologically belong to the tree of their biological parents. That would have to be your call. It would sure be nice if we could add a second set of parents. Or put the child in two separate trees.  I think you could do that and then put notes in both of adopted child's profile.

March 20, 2011, 8:56 AM
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Chris Sabin

My paternal grandfather was adobted. My tree is setup as his adoptive mother being his biological mother. Now that I have the info on his true biological parents, I would like to add them. Does anyone know how?

March 20, 2011, 7:05 AM
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Rhonda Berwick

I agree, long overdue.  Children having a set of biological parents and a set of parents that raised them need a way to track both.  I have two adopted nephews and my son is adopted.  All three know the names and have met one or both of their biological parents.  By the way, this isn't a new thing to family trees, Geni you need to make this more of a priority.

February 22, 2011, 9:26 AM
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Iddo Micha Oberski
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Yes I agree, in particular in my family tree there are many instances of children having lost parents in the war and having been raised by foster parents. I would like to be able to add these to the tree. But another aspect that would interest me, although it is probably beyond what Geni is about, is friendship networks and some kind of 'closeness' indicator that allows you to associate any two individuals. This then would allow you to map, besides the family bonds, also the friendship bonds that go beyond family ties.

February 19, 2011, 5:33 AM
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Ali Kat

What about Foster Parents how would you add them to the tree?  Mom & Pop (Foster Parents) raised me threw the growing years along with the rebellious years.  I think they deserve a place in the tree they had me for almost 16 yrs and they are the ones I have been calling Mom & Pop for over 50 years.  My Parents & birth parents are all deceased

February 17, 2011, 1:15 PM
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Carolyn Potter

My brother has biological kids, plus an adopted child.  My brother is not the dad or the mom, so what can I do?

February 8, 2011, 3:19 PM
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Carolyn Potter

My brother has biological kids, plus an adopted child.  My brother is not the dad or the mom, so what can I do?

February 8, 2011, 3:19 PM
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Rachel Ramstorf

There should be a "biological parent" tab....as opposed to "adoptive"

February 8, 2011, 1:31 PM
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Nina Golod

MyHeritage shows in addition to "replace old parents by the new ones" in merge two more options: "current adopted and new biological" and "current biological and new adopted". Adding similar options in merge will solve the Adoptive parents problem, I think

February 8, 2011, 12:29 AM
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Bob Alberti

Hello, Geni Administrators!  I have two adoptive parents and two siblings by them, and I have two birth parents, and five half-siblings by my adoptive parents.  Get on the ball and create an adoptive parent structure, or this place is useless to me.

February 5, 2011, 12:07 PM
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Pam Wilson
Curator

The need for alternate parents is critical, yes, I agree and support it. However, the new feature should not be named "adoptive" parents because that is too culturally specific and limiting. We also have other reasons for needing to indicate more than one set of parents, and this varies between cultures and time periods. So perhaps just the ability to add an additional or alternate parent or set of parents.

February 4, 2011, 1:45 PM
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Shane Taylor
Pro

I agree 100 percent. Having the adopted parents right in the same tree as the birth parents would be great. Even if some how the birth parents show on a different part of the tree as a duplicate (ie. a aunt and uncles adopt a niece) it could better reflect the dynamics of real families. If a tree branch is printed it would also properly show the family's dynamic.

February 3, 2011, 6:10 AM
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