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Although adopted people have the right to ask for access to birth records, the law requires certain groups to first receive counselling, while others must be made aware that counselling is available before they are shown this information. If adopted people want to access the records of the agency that arranged their adoption then they would normally be expected to see an adoption adviser before information is shared from the records.

You can find answers to some commonly asked questions about counselling in the section on Accessing information about your origins.

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