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Written by November 15, 2012

Seeking Nominations for Deserving Volunteers Who Help Individuals Search for Their Families

PASADENA, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO (November 15, 2012) – The leading people search engine, Spokeo, and strategic partner Mixed Roots Foundation, proudly announce a call for nominations during National Adoption Awareness Month in November, for the Spokeo Search Angel Awards. The newly launched program will recognize, honor and support volunteers who donate their time to help adult adoptees and others separated from family, search for and reunite with their birth families.

Individuals who have been touched by the work of Search Angels are encouraged to visit www.spokeoangels.com to submit a nomination. Winners of the awards will receive a cash grant provided by the Mixed Roots Foundation’s Spokeo Search Angel Fund, a one-year account to Spokeo, and the opportunity to have reunion costs covered for a limited amount of matches made during their year as a “Spokeo Search Angel.”

“Spokeo is committed to helping families reunite, and Search Angels play a crucial role in helping adult adoptees and others with the logistical and emotional support needed to reconnect with their biological family members,” said Spokeo’s chief strategy officer, Emanuel Pleitez. “Our commitment to honoring and helping Search Angels is for the long term. We take great pride in having the opportunity to work with so many leaders and organizations within the adoption community to launch this effort.”

“As an adoptee who has searched for birth family and knowing countless others who share a similar experience – it is time that we recognize those who have helped us not only through the search process but honor those who have been there from the very beginning to the end,” said Holly Choon Hyang Bachman, adoptee, founder and president of the Mixed Roots Foundation. “The Spokeo Search Angel Awards program will be a way to finally say ‘Thank you’ and the establishment of the Spokeo Search Angel Fund will be a way to help expand and continue the work that Search Angels do for adoptees and their families every day for generations to come.”

Spokeo has formed an advisory committee to provide program guidance and review of the nominations. The committee will help promote the awards as well as select the angels to be honored with the Spokeo Search Angel Awards.

The Advisory Committee is currently comprised of various individuals that are representative of the adoption and foster care communities.  Committee members include


Spokeo will accept nominations beginning Thursday, November 15 through Friday, November 30. Only those volunteers who donate their searching services are eligible for the awards. The advisory committee will review all eligible nominations and select the finalists who will be contacted to provide additional information. The winners of the Spokeo Search Angel Awards will be notified and announced in early January 2013.

About Spokeo

Spokeo is a search engine with a mission to organize the world’s public information around people. Our technology aggregates and organizes people-related information from phone and address directories, social networks, celebrity photo libraries and other public sources, allowing users to search for friends, family, celebrities, public figures, and business contacts. We are committed to helping people find and connect with others more easily than ever. For more information about Spokeo, visit http://www.spokeo.com.

About Mixed Roots Foundation
Mixed Roots Foundation is the first and only national /global multicultural adoptee led foundation for adoptees and their families that cross sect the international, domestic, and foster care adoption experience. Mixed Roots aims to streamline funding and more post adoption resources for adoptees and their families through collaboration with likeminded individuals, businesses, and other organizations in the greater community. For more information about Mixed Roots, visit www.mixedrootsfoundation.org.


Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases, Spokeo Search Angels

Director of Public Relations & Community Initiatives

Vanessa joined Spokeo in 2012 and oversees all social media, media relations and community relations efforts for Spokeo. She is especially passionate about Spokeo programs focused on search and reunion and promoting STEM careers for women and children. During her free time, she enjoys writing, DIY home decor and crafts, and eating dessert!

Join the Discussion

  • Sylvia Ackerson |

    I would like to nominate 3 search angels from my NY Adoption group.
    Anne Cote Morris
    John Morris
    and Carol Allen

    All three have been wonderful and have helped many in finding their birthparents or the children they placed for adoption without hesitating and as strictly volunteers.

  • Keith Sciarillo |

    I would like to nominate Joan Edelman for the work she does organizing groups and helping people find family members.

  • Christine Swetzig |

    I would like to nominate Patty as she was a HUGE help in me finding my Birth Mother. I’ve also seen her help find many more. Thank you to ALL the search angles out there!!!

  • Katherine F Trumbaturi |

    I think Joan Edelman is Great, always helpful, continues to email me and FB. I have found my Mother with her help and am looking for my Father, which she always checks in on me to find out if I have heard anything. I am always remember by her.

  • Hamadi Chouiekh |

    I need help to found my son .my phone 7134808978. He has 12 years old.in Houston tx

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa |

    Hi Hamadi, Spokeo does not contain information about minors, and through our Spokeo Search Angels program, the Search Angels do not help search for a person until he or she is at least 18 years old. Thanks, we wish you the best with your search.

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