Reuniting birth and adopted families is a MyHeritage specialty. In fact, they are giving away 15,000 free DNA tests to help families find their roots. Read along to learn if you are eligible for a free DNA test from MyHeritage!
The headline reads “Introducing DNA Quest: New pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees with their biological families.” This MyHeritage announcement has adoptees and birth families talking and we are excited to share that MyHeritage is giving away 15,000 DNA kits for free!
DNA Quest is the name of this new initiative. It is actually an expansion or spin off project for another successful campaign to reunite adoptees from the Israeli Yemenite community. In that project, MyHeritage gave away 1,200 DNA kits, along with professional and emotional support. DNA often provides the answers where records can not.
How to Apply for Your Free DNA Quest Test
Participation is open to adoptees seeking their biological family members or anyone looking for a family member who was placed for adoption. Preference will be given to people who are not able to afford genetic testing and also those who apply first. The first phase of DNA Quest is open to U.S. residents and those adoptions that took place in the U.S.
You can apply for a free MyHeritage DNA kit at DNAQuest.org through April 30, 2018. Participants will be selected and sent a free DNA kit by the end of May 2018. Participants should have their results as early as July 2018. The DNA Quest website has additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.
Have You Tested With Another Company?
If you have already tested with another DNA company, MyHeritage invites you to upload your DNA data to MyHeritage for free and participate in this initiative as well.
The privacy of all applicants and participants will be strictly enforced. The DNA is owned by the participants and not by MyHeritage. The company has never sold genetic data and has pledged to never do so without users’ explicit consent. DNA Quest is strictly a pro bono project.
So don’t wait! Remember, preference is given to those in financial need and those applying first. The Genealogy Reporter is wishing you all the best, because while you are reading this, my eldest daughter and I are on our way to meet her birth mother for the first time!