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Information on what to do if you were Adopted in the UK.

Adopted adults have been able to apply for access to their original birth record since 1975.

Those adopted (England and Wales) before 12 November 1975 are respectfully required to see a nominated counsellor before they can be given access to their records. If you were adopted after 11 November 1975 you can choose whether or not you want to see a counsellor.

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, Scotland, and the English/Welsh Government's Adoption Registry website

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

Information on what to do if you gave up a child for Adoption in the UK.

Unfortunately, under UK law, it is illegal to try and make contact with an adopted child, at least until they turn 18 years of age.

Once your adopted child has turned 18, you should apply to the Adoption Registries, who can be contacted at the following Addresses.

The General Register Office
Adoption Section, Contact Register
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Birkdale
Southport
PR8 2HH
England
Birth Link
Family Care
21 Castle Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3DN
Scotland
The Registrar General
Oxford House
49/55 Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 4HL
Northern Ireland

You should also visit the UK Government's Adoption Registry website.

Once you have located the person you are looking for, please consider using an intermediary service to contact them. E-mail us if you need a recommendation.

OTHER USEFUL SITES

UK Post Adoption Center

NORCAP ~ National Organisation for Couselling Adoptees and Parents

APA Irish Adoption Contact Register ~ an online contact register which is specifically aimed at people born in Ireland, adopted or fostered within or outside Ireland.

AdOPT - Northern Ireland's self help and support group for all parties involved in an adoption.

General Register Office for Scotland ~ responsible for the registration of births, marriages, deaths, divorces and adoptions in Scotland.

General Register Office for Northern Ireland ~ offering an online application service for birth, death, marriage and adoption certificates.

Adoption Search - UK & Ireland

LookupUK.com - Largest UK & Ireland Message Boards
Useful information for Adoptees to begin their Search
Useful information for Birth Parents to begin their search
Search over 75000 messages posted by searching adoptees and birth parents
Vital England Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for official or genealogical use

Professional Adoption Searchers - UK & Ireland

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Worldwide Links

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UK Genealogy Web (UKGenWeb)
Lookup America
Genealogy on the Web
UK Friends Reunion
People Lookup UK
UK Electoral Roll
Web 4 UK Business Directory
Canadian Adoptees Searchable Database
US Forum for Reuniting Adoptees and Birthparents
Greek Adoption Reunion Sites: butterbox.gr and kentro-ereunon-rizes.gr

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