Adoption Support for Adults

Accessing your Birth Records

This page will tell you more about how to access your original birth records, find birth relatives and how you may be able to make contact with your birth family.

We provide adopted adults with the opportunity to talk to someone about how adoption has affected them through:

 Information and advice about relevant adoption issues

  • A full counselling service for those people over 18 years who wish to access their birth records
  • An intermediary service for those wishing to make contact with members of their birth family
  • Preparation and support for reunion
  • Information about other organisations and services that can offer help

How do I find out more?

For more information please call our duty line on 0845 330 0401. Lines are open Tuesday 9am - 1pm; Wednesday 1pm - 5pm and Thursday 9am - 1pm.

How do I get access to my adoption records?

If you were born and adopted before 12th November 1975 and you do not know you birth name, you need to apply to the General Register Office for access to your birth records and you will have to attend a meeting with an approved adoption advisor.

You can contact them on 0300 123 1837 and you need to ask for an “access to adoption records” form. Or you can apply for an “access to adoption records” form by post to:

Adoption Sections
Room C201
General Register Office
Trafalgar Road
Southport
PR8 2HH

The General Register Office will arrange for you to have a meeting with an approved adoption advisor which will usually be at your local adoption office.

If you were born and adopted before 12 November 1975

If you were born and adopted before 12th November 1975 and do know your birth name you should contact your local adoption support/post adoption team to apply for access to your birth/adoption records. You should always ask for support and counselling. You will need to provide proof of identity and the local team will help you access your records.

If you were born and adopted after 12 November 1975

If you were born and adopted after 12th November 1975 and before 30th December 2005 it is not compulsory to have a meeting with an approved adoption advisor although we advise that you do this. You still need to apply for your records through the General Register Office but they will send your records directly to you.

Information for Adopted Adults wishing to access their adoption records in Staffordshire

Birth Relatives wishing to contact adopted relatives

Staffordshire are only able to provide a very limited service to birth relatives wishing to contact their adopted relatives. 

View more about what Staffordshire can do and where to seek further advice and support.