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Adoption in Hampshire

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Are you an adopted person?

Many adopted adults have questions about their past.  Accessing their records can provide some of the answers.

If you have been adopted and are currently living in Hampshire, Hampshire's Adoption Support Service can provide you with support and counselling.  Our social worker counsellors can give you an opportunity to talk about adoption and how you are affected by this and can give you the chance to discuss your adoption with someone who is independent of your personal circumstances.

If you have been adopted and do not currently live in Hampshire, please make enquiries with the local authority adoption service where you live. Find your local authority

Accessing birth records (before 12th November 1975)

If your adoption took place before 12th November 1975 you may not know your birth name.  You are entitled to make contact with the Identity and Passport Service and request they release information about your birth enabling you to apply for your original birth certificate.  The General Records Office will then release information about your birth (names of mother and father if known) and the court that agreed the adoption: this information will be sent to the local authority in which you live (unless you specify otherwise on your form).  The General Records Office will also write to you informing you they have done this which enables you to contact the local authority where you live and request an appointment with a social worker for a birth records counselling interview.  Your social worker will give you the details released by the General Records Office so that you can then apply for a copy of your original birth certificate which will give you more information.

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.

Accessing birth records if adopted before 12th November 1975

If your adoption took place before 12th November 1975 and you have had a birth records counselling interview with a social worker you can apply direct to the local authority where you live to access your adoption records.  A social worker will assist by preparing a summary of information in the file and will offer you a copy of some of the key documents.  

Accessing birth records if adopted after 12 November 1975

If your adoption took place after 12th November 1975 you can apply direct to the local authority where you live to access your adoption records.  A social worker will assist by preparing a summary of information in the file and will offer you a copy of some of the key documents.

If you live in Hampshire please contact Hampshire's Adoption Support Service to access these services.  If the adoption file is not in Hampshire the social worker will liaise with the relevant adoption agency and, with your consent, request sight of information in the file.

 
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Find out more about Adoption Support

Tel 01489 587543

Email postadoptionsupport@hants.gov.uk