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England - How To Use the Adoption Contact Register

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Procedure[edit]

Adding yourself to the Adoption Contact Register
  • You have several options when you sign up to the Register:
    • Contact if both parties have chosen contact, the adopted person receives the name and address supplied by the relative, or the intermediary
    • Specific contact this allows the adopted person to select certain relatives they may wish contact ; it will be assumed that they do not want contact with unnamed relatives
    • No contact if one party chooses no contact, you are both notified of the specific wishes; if both parties choose no contact, then you do not receive notification if a link is made
    • Specific no contact this allows the adopted person to select specific relatives they do not want contact with; it is assumed that they do want contact with an unspecified relative
If you are an adopted person
  • If you are an adopted person, register on Part 1:
    • Download and complete form ACR 105, giving your current name and address in addition to your original birth details
    • The fee for an adopted persons details to be entered on Part 1 of the Contact Register is 15.00
If you are a birth relative
  • If you are a birth relative, register on Part 2:
    • Download and complete form ACR 108, giving your current name and address and provide documentary evidence to prove your relationship to the adopted person
    • The fee for a relatives details to be entered on Part 2 of the Contact Register is 30.00



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Identity proof
  • Residential Proof



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

In writing

Adoptions Section
Room C202
General Register Office
Trafalgar Road
Southport
PR8 2HH

Telephone: 0151 471 4830/4599/4641
Fax: +44 (0) 151 471 4755
Email: [email protected]

For events registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • General Register Office for Scotland
http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/contacts/opentime/index.html
  • General Register Office for Northern Ireland
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/contacts/contacts-az.htm/general-register-office-for-northern-ireland



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Eligibility[edit]

You can add your details to the Adoption Contact Register if you are over 18, your birth was registered with the General Register Office, and you know:

  • Your original birth name
  • Your date of birth
  • The full name(s) of your birth mother (and birth father if known)



Fees[edit]

  • The fee for an adopted persons details to be entered on Part 1 of the Contact Register is 15.00
  • The fee for a relatives details to be entered on Part 2 of the Contact Register is 30.00



Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Registering an adoption can take up to six weeks, from the time the court issues the adoption order to the General Register Office updating the Adopted Children Register.



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Instructions[edit]

You can only find the whereabouts of an adopted person or birth relative if they have chosen to be entered on the Contact Register. Applicants can also record a wish for specific or no contact with a named individual.

Contacting a birth relative if you are adopted
  • You can add your details to the Adoption Contact Register if you are over 18, your birth was registered with the General Register Office, and you know:
    • Your original birth name
    • Your date of birth
    • The full name(s) of your birth mother (and birth father if known)
  • If you do not have all this information, you can apply for access to your birth record.
Looking for siblings who have also been adopted

It is possible for an adopted person to be linked with adopted siblings, but be aware you need to register on both parts of the Adoption Contact Register in part 1 as an adopted person and part 2 as a birth relative.

Contacting an adopted person if you are a birth relative
  • If you are a birth relative, you need to be 18 years of age and provide satisfactory documentary evidence to prove your relationship to the adopted person you wish to contact.
  • To find out what documentary evidence is required, depending on your relationship to the person you are looking for, download the table of evidence below.



Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Births Mothers and Fathers Name
  • Mothers Maiden Name if different
  • Adopted Mothers and Fathers Name
  • Year of adoption
  • Nationality
  • National Insurance number
  • Contact address
  • Telephone/Mobile number



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Need for the Document[edit]

The Adoption Contact Register puts adopted people and their birth relatives in touch with each other, if that is what they both wish.



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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.



External Links[edit]

  • Directgov Using the Adoption Contact Register
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Birthandadoptionrecords/Adoptionrecords/DG_175603
  • Adoption records (government, citizens and rights section)
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Birthandadoptionrecords/Adoptionrecords/index.htm



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