How can I find out more information about my birth family?
You can find out a lot of information for yourself. You can contact the Register General for your birth certificate. If you don’t have enough information from them to find your birth certificate, you can apply to the adoption agency that arranged your adoption, or the agency that now holds the files if they have been transferred. Also, the Local Authority where you were adopted may hold some information.
You can ask an Adoption Agency or an Adoption Support Agency to act as an Intermediary Agency for you. This could be the agency that placed you for adoption, your Local Authority or any other registered agency; if you were placed for adoption through CCS adoption you may choose CCS to provide this service for you.
05.03.21 – Update
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the necessary changes in our working practices to ensure the welfare of families and staff, we are currently able to offer a service to people wanting to access birth records counselling, although this is necessarily limited for the time being. We understand that this may be frustrating for you and we are regularly reviewing the situation. If you are interested in accessing birth records please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, contact details and reason for enquiry we will, with your consent, keep these on a waiting list and will contact you directly at a future date when we are able offer you a service.
The agency will establish who you are which involves completing an application form and proving your identity.
The agency may contact your birth relatives and ask for their permission to give you information about them.
The agency may share information about your birth relatives. This information alone may not be enough for you to find or contact your birth relatives but may include general information about their life around the time you were adopted and other information such as family medical histories etc.
If you wish to make contact, either by sending letters or by meeting face to face, your Intermediary Agency can sometimes arrange this, or if not, direct you to an agency working in your area that can. For this intermediary and reunion service, the agency will work with both you and your birth relatives, if both of you agree to the contact.
You can find further information for adopted adults about the law around contact with birth relatives, intermediary agencies, the Adoption Contact Register and counselling here. And further help with search and reunion here at www.adoptionsearchreunion.org.uk
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