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  • I am a UK Adoptee
    More information on what to do if you were Adopted in the UK.

    For some time in the UK it has been a Matter of Law that all Adoptees who are eighteen years of age or older, whose Adoption Orders have been granted in the UK, are entitled to access their original birth certificates and may have access to certain other records.

    For those Adopted prior to 12 November 1975, these records must be accessed through a Counsellor nominated by the Registrar General (since 1991 there are now nominated Counsellors available outside of the UK). Those Adopted from 12 November 1975 are entitled to such counselling facilities before access to the records.

    Applications, leaflets and more information can be obtained from:

    The Office for National Statistics
    The General Register Office
    Adoptions Section
    Trafalgar Road
    Birkdale
    Southport
    PR8 2HH
    England

    The General Register Office (Scotland)
    Adoption Section
    New Register House
    Edinburgh
    EH1 3YT
    Scotland

    The Registrar General
    Oxford House
    49-55 Chichester Street
    Belfast
    BT1 4HL
    Northern Ireland

    Click here to visit the Northern Ireland Website

    Click here to visit the Scotland Website

    Note: Laws differ slightly in each country,
    write for details or visit the INS Website

    You should also join the UK Government's Adoption Registry website.
    (see the UK Birth Parents Page for Addresses)

    Don't forget to register at:
    http://www.ukbirthadoptionregister.com

    Please read the excellent Preparation before Contact by Amy Bredes.

    UK Post Adoption Center

    The International Soundex Reunion Registry is the world's largest and most successful mutual consent registry and is a free service. Get your free registration form by sending a Self-addressed Stamped envelope to:-

    I.S.S.R.
    P.O. Box 2312
    Carson City, Nevada
    89702-2312.
    USA
    Telephone (from UK): 00 1 (702) 882-7755
    Telephone (from US): 1 (702) 882-7755

    For further advice and information, we suggest you contact:

    NORCAP
    National Organisation for Couselling Adoptees and Parents
    112, Church Road
    WHEATLEY,
    Oxfordshire.
    United Kingdom.
    OX33 1LU
    Tel: 01865 875000

    Web Site

    or

    BAAF - British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering
    200 Union Street
    London
    UK
    SE1 0LX

    Click Here to view Howard Wilkins' excellent Adoptee's Search FAQ






    Questions? lookupuk@gmail.com