THE CANADIAN ADOPTEES Registry and Classifieds

A fascinating website specialising in tracing

and from the Children's Society


Recommended for Adoptees, Adopters, Birth Families, Professionals -

in fact, everyone in the Adoption Circle!


SOME INFORMATION for Birth Parents

including a mail-list at

especially for UK Birth Parents as part of the Adoptive Circle.

UK Adoption Searchers Help File

The following edited basic information is provided as a help:

The current full Help File is published in Usenet on:

Comments and suggestions for inclusion in the Help File
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search information for uk adoptees

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. Those Adopted from 12 November 1975 are entitled to such counselling facilities before access to the records.

You are guided to initially approach any of the Registry Addressees on the Search page, or any of the UK Adoption or Post-Adoptive Support Agencies listed elsewhere in these pages, who will advise you of the 'steps' you need to take.

Should you wish for further information or informal advice, then please contact either

British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, (BAAF)


National Organisation for Counselling Adoptees and Parents (NORCAP)

who will be pleased to suggest further help pertaining to your circumstances.

The following details relate to various UK governmental departments and independent agencies who will be able to provide all members of the Adoption Cirle with useful information and assistance.

United Kingdom and Dependencies

United Kingdom Government Information:

Central Office of Information Home Page

National Organisation for Counselling Adoptees and Parents

112, Church Road
United Kingdom.
OX33 1LU
Tel: +44 (0)1 865 875 000

NORCAP is at: Location Map for NORCAP

England and Wales

Adopted Children Register

Office of Population Census and Surveys, (OCPS)
The General Register Office
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1 514 714 313

The OPCS is at: Location Map for OPCS


Adoption Wales Helpline +44 (0)1 222 575 711
Hours: Mon. 11.00h-14.00h; Tue. 14.00h-17.00h; Wed. 19.00h-21.00h


General Register Office (Scotland)

New Register House

GRO (Scotland) is at: Location Map for GRO Scotland

Family Care (and Scottish Birth-Link Register)

21 Castle Street

Family Care is at: Location Map for 'Family Care'

Northern Ireland

Adoption Section

General Register Office
Oxford House
49-55 Chichester Street
+44 (0)1 232 252 000

GRO (Northern Ireland) is at: Location Map for GRO (NI)

Channel Islands

C.L.A.I.R.E. (CI Link on Adoption, Identity, Reunions and Experiences)

c/o Avril Ross-Wright
En Evant
17 Magnolia Gardens
Bel Royale
Channel Islands (via UK)
Tel: +44 (0)1 534 24 052

C.L.A.I.R.E. is at: Location Map for C.L.A.I.R.E.

Some general information that may be useful in contacting the Registeries.

  • Those adopted before 12 Nov 1975 ask for
    Application CA8 and Booklet ACR100.

  • Those adults over eighteen years adopted after 11 Nov 1975 ask for
    Application CA14 and Booklet ACR100.

  • Those adults over eighteen years adopted in England or Wales but now living outside the UK ask for
    Booklets ACR101 and ACR114.

  • A list of organisations offering a 'go between' service for initial contact is contained in
    Booklet ACR110.

  • search information for birth parents

    If you are a Birth Parent who is 'searching' then you should initially contact:

    The Office of Population Census and Surveys, (OPCS)

    The General Register Office,
    Smedley Hydro,
    Trafalgar Road,
    PR8 2HH
    Tel: +44 (0)1 514 714 313
    The General Record Office is at: Location Map for GRO

    and ask for an application form to allow your details to be placed on the Contact Register. This will enable your details to be matched up and may enable the necessary steps leading to re-union to take place. Please note that, although personal details may be matched, there can be no direct contact or information arising from this. However, in such a case, your details will then be available to any of the Counselling Services who may be assisting Adoptees and their Adopted Families in any search.

    You might also like to consider writing to:

    NPN (Natural Parent's Network),

    10, Alendale Crescent,
    West Yorkshire,
    United Kingdom.
    LS25 1DH
    Tel: +44 (0)1 132 868 489

    NPN is at: Location Map for NPN

    The Families' House,

    125, Ber Street,
    United Kingdom.
    NR1 3EY
    Tel: +44 (0)1 603 621 702
    Fax: +44 (0)1 603 614 049

    The Families' House is at: Location Map for TFH

    Barnardo's Counselling Services,

    Cottage Nr.1,
    Tanners Lane,
    United Kingdom.
    IG6 1QG
    Tel: +44 (0)1 815 502 688

    Barnardo's Counselling Services are at: Location Map for Barnardo's Counselling

    who may be able to assist further, either directly or with further contacts and information that may help you, or any of the other addressees listed on this page, particularly


    National Organisation for Counselling Adoptees and Parents

    There is a mail-list at

    especially for UK Birth Parents within the Adoptive Circle

    other independents

    further searches

    Direct links to important databases have been provided for your convenience

    Alta Vista
    The Canadian Adoptees
    Registry and Classifieds
    Starting Point

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    from the Children's Society

    An accessible exploration of the complex emotional issues surrounding Adoptee/Birth Parent reunion, based on the personal accounts of Adopted People, Adopters and Birth Parents.

    Since the Children Act 1975 anyone adopted in the UK and aged eighteen or over has been able to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate.

    As a result, many adopted people have set out on the often complex journey to find out more about themselves. Despite the support they may receive, this is often a traumatic period for all involved and few people have any idea what to expect if and when they are finally able to arrange a reunion.

    Compiled by Children's Society staff experienced in this area, but allowing adopted people, adopters and birth parents to speak for themselves, the book provides a clear and authoritative guide to the whole process, from deciding whether or not to trace, explaining the best way of going about it and what to expect from the outcome.

    The book includes a 'First Thoughts' section, addressing some of the most common questions asked of birth record counsellors, personal accounts from adopted people, adopters and birth parents - (including three peoples' perspectives on the same reunion).

    It also includes a diary account charting the sequence of events and changing emotions of Lucy, who traced her Birth Mother when she was eighteen years old.

    Designed to be read as a whole, or dipped into,

    Preparing for Reunion

    is a vital resource for everyone in the Adoption Circle.

    ISBN 0 907324 78 9
    Paperback, 160 pages, £5.99 (ukp)

    Children's Society Publications are available from:

    The Children's Society
    Publications Department,
    Edward Rudolph House,
    Margery Street,
    WC1X 0JL

    The Children's Society is at: Location Map for The Children's Society

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