If you want to chat with someone in the adoption, assisted reproduction or NPE communities, would like to be paired with a mentor, need help identifying family, finding a therapist with experience working with people with an MPE, adoption, assisted reproduction, or an NPE or a genetic counselor, or perhaps just want to talk about your story, please reach out to us at 323-TALK-MPE (323-825-5673). Or, REQUEST we reach out to you.

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Right to Know offers a mentor program. Having someone to talk to who has experienced something like you have can be validating and help with the healing process. Mentors are screened volunteers who’ve had a similar experience and gone through our training. They are available to walk with you on your journey. You  have 4-6 conversations over the course of up to two months. Keeping your journey in the strictness of confidence is our top priority. Having a mentor is not a substitute for mental health therapy. If you’d like a mentor email support @RightToKnow.us or give us a call at 323-TALK-MPE.

Community & Connection

At many points in your journey if you grow up knowing you are adopted, donor conceived, or have an NPE or if you have a DNA surprise, people feel alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are tens of thousands of people are experiencing the same thing. Right to Know hosts a monthly community and connection online event where a  mental health professional guides us through an informal discussion that impacts the three communities. Check out the events page for specifics. 

Building bridges

Join us for 6-weeks of group discussions (limited to 8 people) guided by a licensed therapist to build community and connection. Groups usually meet at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern for one our. We have a new group starting each month. 

Sign up here if you are interested.


We bring specialists in their field to talk about various aspects of misattributed parentage, adoption, donor conception, and NPEs in our Webinar Series, watch past Webinars. Some past favorites are Artists Journey Through their MPE Discovery; Interacting with Narcissistic Family, Societal Perceptions of Ancestral DNA, Race, and Identity; Exploring Podcasts Navigating MPEs; and more.

Read a book — there are a lot of books about adoption, donor conception, NPEs, and DNA surprises. Or read other people’s journeys. Or watch people talking about their journeys in our Bear Witness project.

mental health professionals

Anyone with an MPE should have access to qualified mental health professionals. Visit our licensed mental health directory to find someone with experience working with people with an MPE.

Right to Know offers training with continuing education credits for mental health professionals assisting people with MPEs. 

There are also classes for people struggling with the impacts MPEs on Identity, Loss & Grief, and Reunion.

Understanding your DNA ReSULTS

Trying to interpret your DNA results and matches can be confusing. On Ancestry, the site will list your DNA match’s name and the predicted relationship along with the amount of shared DNA. Make sure you understand centimorgans (cM): a unit to measure genetic linkage between people. For example, a parent and child share about 3700 cMs while a grandparent, half-sibling, aunt/uncle all share approx. 1750 cMs. The amount of cMs for each relationship isn’t exact, it’s a range – for half-siblings you can share anywhere from 1160-2436 cMs. Take the RIGHT TO KNOW CLASS on understanding your Ancestry.com results

Try DNA Painter’s shared cM tool to help you figure out how you are related to someone. Use the “shared CM tool” to enter in total cMs you share with someone (or the “% of shared DNA” which is what 23 and ME shows) and it will tell you the likely relationship you share.

Identifying your genetic FAMILY - search help

DNAngels can help you find your genetic mother or father for free. Reach out to them via Facebook. 

Search Angels will assist you with your genealogy and DNA test results to unravel the past and find your biological roots.

MPE INFORMATION - for everyone

Severance is a magazine and community for people who’ve been separated from biological family. Check out their Resources tab, Severance Magazine is a great place to read about MPE issues.

  • It’s for anyone who’s fallen out of the family tree and made a hard landing, who’s learned they’re not quite who they thought they were.
  • It’s for conversations about what it feels like to have no genetic connection to the families we grew up with.
  • It’s about adjusting to shifting realities or living with the unknown.


If you would like to order printed copies of this brochure for your office, email [email protected]

ASRC works to bring truth, education, advocacy, community and healing to those who have been impacted by separation from ancestral connections. They have monthly search, advocacy and emotional support meetings.


Adoption Mosaic is a BIPOC woman owned, adoptee-led mission-driven business. With the 30+ years of experience of our founder and CEO, Astrid Castro, we have built a strong community who all want to see a new future of ethical and conscious adoption.

Celia Center is a non-profit organization that offers support for all Members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation, including birth parents, adopted and fostered individuals, and foster, kinship, adoptive, and legal guardianship families. Check out their support groups.

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NAAP is diverse group of thought leaders from around the globe working to unify the adoption community through education, collaboration, and advocacy. NAAP serves as an educational resource, assists with finding adoption competent therapists, and lends a hand in searches, first contact, and reunion. 

Assisted reproduction

If you would like to order printed copies of this brochure for your office, email [email protected]

The Donor Conceived Community offers Peer support groups for people navigating donor conception.


The DCN is a supportive charity network of over 2,200, mainly UK-based, families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those thinking about or undergoing donor conception procedures and donor conceived people.

Donor Deceived tracks cases of broad-based fertility fraud: doctor donor fraud, donor ID fraud, donor medical/background fraud, donor permission fraud as well as large donor sibling groups, and lack of access to donor records.


The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) serves donor offspring, sperm donors, egg donors and other donor conceived people. It was founded in September 2000 by a mother-and-son team Wendy and Ryan Kramer.

The U.S. Donor Conceived Council strives to increase awareness of the needs, interests, and challenges of donor-conceived people and advance change that promotes and protects their health, welfare, and human rights.

We Are Donor Conceived was launched in 2016 as a resource center for people conceived through assisted reproduction around the globe. It’s also a place to share your story to inspire a greater understanding about the unique challenges people conceived through assisted reproduction experience. 

NPE - Non paternal event

The NPE Expereince is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals who have recently discovered that their parent is not their biological parent, commonly referred to as a NPE. 

This NPE Guide offers helpful tips to assist people with their not-parent expected event. Stop!  Be kind to yourself by allowing sufficient time to absorb the information and craft sensible responses. Believe your DNA test’s results. Find support. Prior to any actions, reflect on your short-term and long-term objectives, risks and benefits of the action and form a plan. 

FaceBook Support GROUPS

Not all FB groups are open to everyone. For many, you must answer questions to be admitted in order to protect confidentiality. Click on the “about” section of a group to learn how to become a member.

Facebook can be a good place to learn about other MPEs and see that you are not alone. These groups are a great space for getting advice from others who’ve had similar experiences with rejection, dealing with mothers, fathers who raised you, new bio family, sibling confusion, exploring your new heritage, how to reach out, etc; however these spaces can be raw and may trigger strong emotional responses. Facebook groups are not a substitute for professional mental health help. There are many groups out there, try them out and find the one that suits you best. We list groups that promote inclusion, collaboration, and cooperation in supporting the MPE community. Let us know if we’ve missed a group.