Adop­tion records fi­nally ac­ces­si­ble

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

Ge­neal­o­gists hop­ing to dis­cover the ori­gins of an adopted fore­bear could fi­nally break down brick walls thanks to a change in the law.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral years of cam­paign­ing, cer­tain per­sons of a ‘pre­scribed re­la­tion­ship’ to an adopted adult – in­clud­ing chil­dren and grand­chil­dren – are now al­lowed to ac­cess de­tails and make con­tact with the adoptee’s bi­o­log­i­cal rel­a­tives through in­ter­me­di­ary agen­cies.

Prior to the change, only the adopted per­son them­selves or their birth rel­a­tives could use the ser­vices.

The new rules were sup­posed to come into force in Oc­to­ber 2014, but had to be de­layed due to prob­lems with ob­tain­ing the birth names of adoptees from the Gen­eral Reg­is­ter Of­fice.

Speak­ing in 2014, Ju­lia Feast from the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Fos­ter­ing and Adop­tion (now Co­ramBAAF), said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion was “de­lighted” with the de­vel­op­ments, adding that it was also pleased that rel­a­tives could ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion “while en­sur­ing the adopted per­son’s rights were not over­looked.”

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