Support for adopted adults
Support for adopted
If you are an adult aged 18 and over, you can
apply for access to information about your birth origins. We offer
support to adopted adults who:
- live in Bedford
- were adopted through Bedford
Borough Council, although contacting the Adoption Team in your own
Local Authority who will liaise with us is often a much quicker
- have applied for their
original birth certificate and have chosen Bedford as the place to
have their counselling, and have informed the General Register
Office of this research
Adopted before 12th November
By law, you need to speak to a local authority
social worker or a counsellor from an approved adoption society
before you can apply for your original birth certificate.
At the counselling session you will be given
advice on how to proceed and how to prepare yourself. You can apply
to the General Register Office for a copy of your original birth
certificate. If you were born outside England and Wales, the
General Register Office can advise you who to apply to for this
information. All the information along with relevant forms
can be found on the Directgov website.
Adopted on or after 12th November
You are not required by law to have
counselling before you can continue with your birth certificate
application, although you may find it helpful.
You are entitled to ask for counselling and
support if you wish. You may find this really helpful when looking
at aspects of any information provided that may cause distress or
conflict. It could help you make an informed decision about the
journey you are going to take.
If you decide you want access to information
from your adoption file, you can apply to the adoption agency that
arranged your adoption and your worker can arrange for it to be
sent to us.
If you do not know the adoption agency, your
counsellor can try and find out where it is and apply for the file
on your behalf.
If your adoption was arranged by us, we will
request your file from our archives.
Sometimes no file is available. It may be
possible that the court involved at the time is happy to share the
court file with us and this can be requested.
Once an adoption file has been received, your
worker will prepare a copy to share with you.
Adoptive parents of adults seeking
Often adoptive parents wish to support their
adult children in finding out information about their birth
origins. The website
www.adoptionsearchreunion.org.uk has a section
with information for adoptive parents.
Adopted adults may be worried about causing
distress to their adoptive parents and might not feel able to share
the fact that they are seeking birth origin information. Research
indicates that in the majority of instances where adopted adults
seek out this information, the relationship with their adoptive
parents is not harmed. We can talk this through with you.
We are happy to discuss any concerns that you
may have, to share with you any changes in the legislation since
you adopted and to signpost you on to other agencies if
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