Help for adopted adults

Help for adopted adults

Accessing your adoption records

We provide a service for adopted adults who live in in the Merseyside region to help access their adoption records.


If you already know your original birth name, when and where you were born, the court where your adoption took place and the name of your birth mother, you contact After Adoption, a local adoption support agency.


You should also contact the General Register Office (GRO) to ask for your birth records.


The GRO will send all relevant information to us, or you can ask for it to be sent to the agency which arranged your adoption.



Tracing and intermediary services


After you have seen your adoption records you may wish to try and trace birth family members. After Adoption will do this on your behalf.


If you do not wish to have contact with your birth relatives, you can register a veto or partial veto with the agency which arranged the adoption.


You can also express a wish for no contact on the adoption contact register.


If you were adopted in Merseyside but no longer live in the region, you should seek advice from the local authority in the area where you live about their tracing and intermediary services.