Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

19/1/2006

Information for Adopted Adults who are considering tracing Birth Relatives

Adoption in this country has generally been surrounded with a high level of confidentiality. In the peak years (the 1960’s and 70’s) when thousands of babies were placed for adoption, it was thought by society that a complete break should be made between the birth family and the adoptive family and that this would be best for all concerned. Many of those babies who were adopted began to question this as they grew up and it is now recognised that wanting to know more about the family who gave birth to you is a normal need. As a result of the growing awareness of adopted people’s views, the Adoption Act 1976 granted permission for adopted people over 18 years old to gain access to their original birth records. for more click here

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