Support for Birth Family connected with Adoption Matters

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With the implementation of the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002, birth relatives now have a right to request information.

We offer a post adoption service to all birth family members who have connections with our agency  (and any historic connection to our agency listed below) to provide you information on locating birth relatives, counselling,  reunion services and support.  This includes people who were adopted through the following registered adoption agencies:

  • Adoption Matters
  • Adoption Matters Northwest
  • Chester Diocesan Adoption Agency
  • Blackburn Diocesan Adoption Agency
  • Durham Diocesan Moral Welfare Association (which included Hartlepool Deanery Moral Welfare Association, Gateshead Moral Welfare Association, Jarrow Deanery Moral Welfare Association, Jarrow Deanery Adoption Society, Stockton Adoption Society)
  • Durham Diocesan Family Welfare Council (which included Durham Diocesan Adoption Society and Durham Adoption Society)
  • Durham Diocesan Family Welfare Council / Durham Family Welfare / DFW Adoption

We also hold records for:

  • Bridget’s Mother & Baby Home, Chester
  • St Agnes’ Mother and Baby Home, Duke Street, Darlington (committee minutes, admissions list, babies born list 1950s-1970s)


Our service to you

Adoption Matters is committed to offering an intermediary service to all adopted adults and birth family members connected to Adoption Matters and its historic agencies. Intermediary services are delivered by specialised adoption agencies, like Adoption Matters, that help trace and facilitate contact and (in some circumstances) disclosure of information between adopted adults, their birth relatives and ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’, as well as provide counselling, support and advice.

As a children’s charity, we do not receive any funding or income to support this service but Adoption Matters is committed to continue to offer this vital service. Therefore, we would kindly ask that you make a one-off payment of £50 to help cover the cost of the subscriptions for the tracing resources we use to help trace the person/s you would wish to make contact with. This will allow us to continue to provide this tailored service to the families we work with. You will be invoiced for this payment at the start of us working together.

Search and Intermediary Service for Birth Relatives

Prior to employing a search and intermediary service, we would recommend that you access the General Register Office website and add your details to the Adoption Contact Register.  This means that if the adopted person has already added their details they will be informed of your interest in contact with them and given any details you have left on the register.  You will not be given their details as the adopted person will have the control in this situation.  There is a £30 one off charge for entering your name on the register.  This is the link:

Services we offer:

Initial consultation

This will include having sight of your ID and a discussion around what you already know and what you hope to achieve. A discussion will be had about the potential that the person you are searching for cannot be found or does not want any contact. We will then make contact with the adoption agency who arranged the adoption, and seek their view about approaching the adoptee and any potential contact taking place. We will also ask for information, which will help us trace the adoptee.  This information will not be shared with you and only an agency registered to provide intermediary services can request this information.

It may be that we have to approach the General Register Office (GRO) to give us information about the adopted adult to help us search for them and we will ask you to complete a Form AF5 and make a one-off payment of £36 to the GRO.

Tracing Service 

Having identified the adopted adult you wish to search for, we will endeavour to find them on your behalf. We will use public records, social media and subscription based services. We may need to access birth, marriage or death certificates, to validate the person’s identity. The cost of up to two certificates are included, if the search proves to be more complex then we will ask you to cover the cost of any additional certificates (currently £11 each).

Intermediary service 

Having identified the whereabouts of the person you wish to have contact with, we will begin the process of approaching them.

Once contact is established, we would then support you in gradually sharing and receiving information be that by letter, email or telephone calls.

The final stage would be a reunion, where you will meet with the adopted adult in a safe environment supported by our staff.

If you are interested in accessing this service, or just want to learn more about what we support you with, please email,



Post Adoption Support Service Enquiry Form

If you are interested in accessing this service, or just want to learn more about what we support you with, please complete our enquiry form below