As the nation’s leading investigative genealogist, Pam Slaton specializes in reuniting adoptees with their birth parents. Family is Pam Slaton’s passion–whether it’s her own or someone else’s.

Reconnecting lost loved ones isn’t just work for Pam–it’s personal. She started her business after the search for her own birth mother ended badly. “I loved my family, [but] I think there’s a big misconception that people search because they’re lacking something,” she says. “I don’t understand why people don’t understand that basic need to know who gave you life.”

Pam has solved thousands of cases and continues to work everyday to reunite families. “It’s extremely rewarding to be able to make a phone call and tell someone that their search is over.”

In addition to her work as a licensed private investigator, Pam regularly shares compelling stories of searching and reunions in the media. Pam’s television career began when she famously helped RunDMC’s Darryl McDaniels find his birth mother as part of a documentary for VH1. This led to a successful association with Oprah Winfrey and Pam’s series Searching For on the OWN Network.

Pam has been a regular on-camera personality and story contributor for ABC’s 20/20 and Nightline. She is also the author of Reunited for St. Martin Press.

Pam’s work has been featured by a variety of media outlets including the New York Times, New York Post, Boston Globe, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, The Real and 60 Minutes.

In Pamela’s own words:

“My own personal adoption journey has taken me to places I never imagined.  

From my very first media appearance on VH1 and meeting Darryl McDaniels, famed Rapper of Run DMC, to sharing the stage with Oprah Winfrey, and most recently assisting world renowned psychic medium Tyler Henry during his Netflix series to help unravel his family mystery.”


Pamela Slaton As:


The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet – Fox

VH1 – My Adoption Journey with DMC

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Oprah Winfrey Network – On Screen Talent/Host | Searching For … 10 Episodes

The Gayle King Show

Extra – Life Changers with Mario Lopez : Lifechangers: Are You Searching For a Loved One?

Bethenny Show – A Woman’s Emotional Reunion with Her Long-Lost Dad

ABC 20/20 : Four broadcasts 

Man Abandoned as Baby in Manger Searches For Family: Part 1 | ABC News – January 2016

On the Search for Army Vet’s Long-Lost Twin Kids: Part 2

ABC Nightline : 2 Episodes

The Real : 2 Episodes

Mysterious Ways – Facebook Live

Mysterious Ways – The Search For Daniel

Bounce : Executive Producer / Who Is Christmas Eve 

Eve Simons was abandoned as an infant on the steps of a church 30 years ago on Christmas Eve. Now, struggling to move forward with her life, she embarks on a search to uncover the mystery of her birth with the help of her boyfriend Chris, and famed investigative genealogist Pamela Slaton.

Tyler Henry Show – Netflix

Pam Slaton As:


Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life’s Greatest Family Mysteries  

Spring 2012 – by Pamela Slaton. The book takes readers on a fantastic journey that recounts Pam’s remarkable adoption search, the lessons she learned and some of her most intense stories of searching for the lost.

pamela slaton as:


NY Post: A Mother’s Joy – May 2012

Daily News: Pam Slaton helps families reunite in new OWN show ‘Searching for…’; draws from personal experience – February 2011

Where Did You Sleep Last Night? By best selling author Danzy Senna. Farrar, Strausand Giroux, 2009.

In Adoptee’s Search for Roots, Loss and Gain Collide, by Sarah Kershaw. New York Times, 2008.

Identical Strangers, by Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007.

Mother and Father: At 30, Carla Latty learned she was adopted. Now she’s trying to unravel a bigger secret,” by Irene Sege. Boston Globe, 2006

Truth’s Painful Possibilities, by Ed Lowe, Newsday, 1999. Pam’s personal story of search and reunion.

My Mothers, Myself by Colleen Van Tassel, 1998.

In this poignant and heartwarming narrative, renowned genealogist Pamela Slaton tells the most striking stories from her incredibly successful career of reconnecting adoptees with long-lost birth parents

After a traumatic reunion with her own birth mother, Pamela Slaton realized two things: That she wanted to help other adoptees have happier reunions with their birth families, and that she had the unique skill to do so – a strong ability to find what others could not.