Adoption in Hampshire

Provided by the Children's Services Department

Intermediary Services for Birth Family and Relatives

Adoption affects other family members too, so it is also natural for them to want to know what has happened. It is also natural for those who have been adopted to want to know more about their birth circumstances.

Hampshire’s adoption support team are able to help birth relatives (parents or wider family) who live in Hampshire and who would like to know more about the children given up for adoption.  If you are a birth relative living in another local authority area, you will need to contact the adoption support services team in that area. You can find your local area on

When the team receive an enquiry from a birth relative (including confirmation of their relationship to the adopted person), the team check Hampshire’s records for information, or write to the appropriate adoption agency if it was not a Hampshire adoption, to find out if there are records for the adopted person.  At the same time, the team check to see if the adopted person has made an enquiry of their own or has left a veto. A veto is the right not to be traced.

If there have been no enquiries from the adopted person, the team will discuss this with them and recommend that the birth relative joins the Adoption Contact Register and talk them through the support available from the adoption team.

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Find out more about Adoption Support

Tel 01489 587543