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Adoption in Hampshire

I am adopted

Accessing birth records

Birth records counselling

Many adopted adults have questions about their past. Accessing records can provide some of the answers. Some of the information may be difficult to come to terms with which is why you will be offered social work support and counselling to help you. There is no charge for this service.

The Adoption Contact Register

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

Intermediary Services

It is natural for those who have been adopted to want to know more about their birth relatives. When the team receives an enquiry from an adopted person, they check Hampshire’s records for information, or write to the appropriate adoption agency, to find out if there are records for the adopted person. At the same time, the team check to see if birth relatives have made an enquiry of their own or have left a veto. A veto is the right not to be traced.



Further information

For further information, please contact us.

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