If you have a completely open adoption, you might think this section doesn't pertain to you. However, if your adoption starts out as open but becomes closed because you lose track of the birth family, then you may need to consider searching at some point. Searching for the birth family is a personal situation for each adopted person. Some are afraid to stir up trouble or hurt their adoptive families. Others genuinely have no real inclination beyond curiosity to make contact. Often, certain major events such as divorce, death, or birth trigger a desire to search for one's birth parents.