Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

2/3/2007

Mothers and sons reunited as website finds lost families

The agony of almost two million parents and children, legally “lost” to each other and kept apart by bureaucracy, is about to end. Britain’s first “adoption reunion” website – aimed at helping to reunite adopted children with their birth parents, and vice versa – will be launched next week.

The searchable online service is expected to generate a huge response, with thousands of people set to log on for information on how to find family members they have never known or have missed for most their lives.

On average, some 5,000 children are adopted in England and Wales every year, with the total number of adopted people believed to be between 500,000 and one million. In the 1950s and 1960s alone, an estimated one-fifth of all children born illegitimate were adopted, mostly as babies. for more click here

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