Adoption in Hampshire

Provided by the Children's Services Department

The Adoption Contact Register for Adopted Children

The Adoption Contact Register is designed to put adopted people and their birth relatives in touch with each other if that is what they both want. The Register does not contain the details of everyone who was adopted or is looking for their adopted family member as it a voluntary register.  

To join the Adoption Contact Register, you need to apply to the General Register Office. A fee applies for this service, currently £30 for adoptive relatives details to be entered onto the register .

If the adopted person’s details are not on the Register, we can offer an intermediary service but we cannot, by law, divulge their adoptive details to you.

If they ask, it is Hampshire’s responsibility to let the adopted person know that they have a birth family relative interested in contact.  If they agree to this contact, this can be arranged through Hampshire’s Adoption Support Services team, though we advise that you write to each other via a social worker or other intermediary, in the first instance. If the adopted person does not agree to contact, we accept and respect their decisions.  

If attempts at finding the birth relatives are unsuccessful, we recommend that you use a tracing agency to help you further. An agency is likely to charge you a fee or request a donation.

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Find out more about Adoption Support

Tel 01489 587543