Support for adopted adults
If you were adopted as a child and would like to know more about your birth family, we can help.
We offer a confidential information, advice and counselling service to adopted adults.
Getting information about your adoption
If you are over 18, you can apply for a copy of your original birth certificate or other adoption records that might be available.
You can get a copy of your original birth certificate from the General Register Office: certificate ordering service even if you don't know your birth name. Contact us for help with your application.
We may also be able to help you access your adoption records, even if you are not sure where you were adopted.
I don't live in County Durham
If you live outside the county, but know that we were involved in your adoption, we can still help you but it may be easier for you to contact your local adoption support service. They will then contact us on your behalf.
Making contact with your birth family
You can get in touch with an intermediary service who will offer you advice on tracing members of your birth family.
I do not want contact from my birth family
If you do not wish to have any contact with a member of your birth family you can prevent them contacting you in the future by registering a veto.
Other ways to trace your birth family
Adoption Contact Register
Add yourself to the Adoption Contact Register. Please note it is not a tracing service - for a connection to be made between two people they must both have added their details to the register.
You can also add your details to the register when you don't wish to be contacted.
Adoption Search Reunion website
The Adoption Search Reunion website has useful information for those searching or wanting to make contact with their birth families.
- Ask about adoption and event information
- Adopting with us
- How our adoption process works
- Adoption stories - our first Christmas
- Adoption stories - adopting solo
- Step children and adopting overseas
- Support for families who adopt a child
- Adoption Support Passport (ASP)
- Resources to support adoptive parents
- Controlling contact with your birth family
- Making contact with your birth family