Nominations Are Now Open For Volunteers Who Help Adult Adoptees Search for Their Families
PASADENA, Calif. (April 24, 2017) – Spokeo, the leading people search engine, today announced its call for 2017 Spokeo Search Angel Award nominations. For the fourth time, the program is recognizing and rewarding volunteers, known as search angels, who donate their time, resources and support to help adult adoptees and others search for and reunite with their birth families.
The award comes on the heels of major strides in the adoption search community this past year. As adoptees and search angels find more ways to access information, DNA search has become a widely used tool for finding family. The number of at-home genealogy testers has dramatically increased. As of 2016, the major DNA testing companies reported having more than 3.5 million testers in their databases, according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and other sources.
“Spokeo is thrilled to reach our fourth year of hosting the Spokeo Search Angel Awards and have ten Search Angel honorees as part of the program to date,” said Vanessa Waite, director of PR and community initiatives, Spokeo. “We are so impressed, year-after-year, with the dedication and creativity put forth by volunteer search angels. From becoming DNA experts, to championing as advocates on adoptee rights, these hard working individuals are extremely deserving of recognition and we’re honored to be able to do highlight them.”
Anyone in the U.S. can nominate individuals who have volunteered their time to this cause at https://www.spokeo.com/search-angels until May 4, 2017. Only those who currently donate their search services without receiving compensation are eligible. Up to three winners will receive a:
- Cash grant to help counterbalance the personal costs they personally incur while searching on behalf of others
- One-year membership to Spokeo
- Opportunity to offer reunion sponsorships to families who are matched by the angels during their time as an award winner (travel costs covered by Spokeo)
An advisory committee comprised of leaders in the adoption, foster care, search and genetic genealogy communities will provide program guidance, review nominations and select the Spokeo Search Angel Award winners. Advisory committee bios can be found at: https://spokeo.com/search-angels/partners.
Spokeo is also proud to continue to partner with Mixed Roots Foundation and its Global Adoptee Genealogy Project (GAGP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises awareness, leverages philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to provide important post-adoption resources including mentoring, DNA testing and search and reunion resources for the adoption and foster care community, to host the Spokeo Search Angel Fund, which distributes the winners’ cash grants and funds other adoptee search endeavors.
For more information or to nominate a Search Angel, please visit https://www.spokeo.com/search-angels.
Spokeo is a people intelligence company empowering users with knowledge, confidence and truth through people data. Spokeo’s proprietary technology organizes 12 billion records including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social networks and court records, into comprehensive yet easy-to-understand online profiles. Based in Pasadena, California, Spokeo helps users reunite with family and friends, connect with lost contacts and protect themselves and their families. For business users, Spokeo helps companies looking to stay ahead of the competition with knowledge about their customers and protect their businesses from fraud. Professionals in real estate, e-commerce, non-profit organizations, government agencies and more leverage the search tool on behalf of their businesses.
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