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ASR Website Survey - Your Chance to Shape Our Plans
All Adoption Search reunion website visitors are invited to complete a short survey telling us how they use the website. The feedback we receive will help us to decide on how we redevelop the website and set up future access routes for the Locating Adoption Records database.
 
Access to the Locating Adoption Records Database

Due to the high maintenance costs involved, we are no longer able to offer the Locating Adoption Records database as a free service and have put in place temporary access arrangements while we consider a number of different access models.

 
New Holder of the NORCAP Contact Register - 27/7/16
The NORCAP Contact Register has been transferred to Adoption Services for Adults, an Adoption Support Agency providing searching, tracing and intermediary services. Adoption Services for Adults is now able to verify whether an adopted person or birth relative had registered on the NORCAP Contact Register before NORCAP stopped trading on 14 January 2013.
 
New Regulations Extend Provision of Intermediary Services - 9/11/15

On 10th November 2015 new regulations come into force to extend the provision of intermediary services to facilitate contact between ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ and the birth relatives of a person adopted before 30th December 2005.

 
Update - AAA-NORCAP Contact Register - 22/10/15
When AAA-NORCAP went into administration in Feb 2013, BAAF became Guardians of the electronic data held on the NORCAP Contact Register (NCR). Following the sudden closure of BAAF on 31st July 2015 the NCR is now in the hands of the Administrators (Smith and Williamson) who are now responsible for making a decision about the NCR’s future.
 
BAAF Services Move to Coram

We are delighted to announce that, as part of the newly formed CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy, the Adoption Search Reunion website will continue to support anyone searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK.

 
 
Disclosure of the Birth Name of an Adopted Person Under New Regulations - 22/12/14
On 31st October 2014 new regulations came into force to extend the provision of intermediary services to facilitate contact between ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ and the birth relatives of a person adopted before 30th December 2005.
 
Welsh Adoption Information and Intermediary Services Guidance Amended - 18/12/14
The Welsh Government has removed the reference to 'non-identifying' information from the Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005 Guidance.
 
New Rights to Intermediary Services for Relatives of Adopted People - 3/11/14
On 31st October 2014 new regulations came into force to extend the provision of intermediary services to facilitate contact between ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ and the birth relatives of a person adopted before 30th December 2005.
 
Free Adoption Event in Huddersfield on 4th November 2014 - 23/10/14
'Making Families: Stories of adoption and belonging' is taking place on Tuesday 4th November 2014 as part of the ERSC's Festival of Social Science.
 
Merger Forms New Adoption Support Agency - 10/10/14
On 1 October 2014 the Post Adoption Centre (PAC) and After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY) merged to create PAC-UK, the largest independent adoption support agency in the country.
 
Location of the Principal Probate Registry - 12/9/14

The search room for the Principal Probate Registry, where you can look for and purchase copies of wills, is now located in Court 38 of the Royal Courts of Justice.

 
Adoption Remembrance and Reflection Day, 8th November 2014 - 4/9/14

PACT has organised a day of remembrance and reflection for all adults affected by adoption, as well as professionals providing services to them.

 
Remembering Georgie Stafford - 14/8/14
It is with sadness that BAAF has learned of the death of Georgie Stafford, the originator of BAAF’s unique directory ‘Where to Find Adoption Records’.
 
Tracing Guide Updated - 28/7/14

Our practical guide for adopted adults who are thinking of tracing their birth relatives has been updated.

 
Keeping Our Databases Up-to-date - 7/7/14

We are now beginning the process of updating all of the data held on the databases searchable through the Adoption Search Reunion website. This is a major exercise which involves making contact with all the agencies, local authorities and records offices included on the databases via email or phone calls.

 
Consultation on Intermediary Services for Descendants and Relatives of Adopted People - 14/4/14
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on proposals to extend access to intermediary services to children and grandchildren of adults adopted before 30 December 2005 and to others with a prescribed relationship to the adopted person.
 
Adoption Search Reunion website survey - 25/3/14
We have the opportunity to redesign the Adoption Search Reunion website and would love to hear your views about what you like and where you think we could do better.
 
Descendants of Adopted Persons (DAP) Campaign Success - 9/12/13

BAAF is very pleased to announce that the campaign to enable descendants of persons adopted before 30th December 2005 to access an intermediary service has been successful.

 
Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons: Children and Families Bill Update - 14/10/13
BAAF and the Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons (DAP) Group are continuing to press for a change in the law to enable descendants of deceased adopted people to have the same rights as other relatives to access an intermediary service in order to obtain information about their origins.
 
Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons: Children and Families Bill Amendment Tabled - 19/9/13
BAAF and the Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons (DAP) Group are pleased to announce that Baroness Sally Hamwee of Richmond on Thames has tabled an amendment in the forthcoming House of Lords debate on the Children and Families Bill 2013 in relation to the information needs of descendants of deceased adopted people, to enable them to access intermediary services.
 
Long Lost Family back on TV - how to start your own search - 11/7/13
ITV1's award winning series, Long Lost Family, is back on television with more stories of searches for missing family members. These images of emotional reunions can prompt viewers to think about their own families and to decide to start their own searches, and as a result many agencies will see an increase in enquiries at this time.
 
Demise of NORCAP Register - 11/7/13
As previously announced, AAA-NORCAP's Contact Register is no longer in operation. BAAF is now looking after the electronic data held on NORCAP’s Contact Register, until further discussions and decisions can be made about its future, but the Contact Register is not currently active.
 
AAA-NORCAP closes - 14/2/13
BAAF is sorry to learn that AAA-NORCAP has gone into administration and ceased trading after many years of supporting and providing services to adoption adults, birth relatives and others affected by adoption.
 
Post adoption support services survey report published - 22/1/13
BAAF has published the findings of a survey of agencies in England and Wales who provide post adoption support services to adopted adults and birth relatives.
 
Adoption Contact Register Changes in England and Wales - 15/10/12
As of 15th October 2012, the General Register Office for England and Wales has a new policy regarding the Adoption Contact Register. This allows birth relatives who are seeking to apply for entry onto Part 2 of the register to make an application based on declaration only, instead of having to provide documentary evidence of their relationship to an adopted person.
 
Hong Kong Adoptees Reunion on 6th October 2012 - (posted 16/7/12)
The UK Hong Kong Adoptees Network has planned its next reunion gathering for all Hong Kong adoptees, to take place on Saturday 6th October 2012 in Birmingham
 
Are you trying to find a family member? - 22/3/12
Then please read this important message as resources to help you do this are at risk of being removed
 
Were you transracially adopted in the UK between 1965-1969? - 20/3/12
If so, please read on for a message from October Films
 
General Register Office for England and Wales: New Telephone Number - 5/1/12
As of 5th January 2012 the main public facing telephone number for the General Register Office for England and Wales has changed to 0300 123 1837.
 
Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons (DAP) Campaign Update - 9/11/11
BAAF has recently been informed that its proposed project on the legal anomalies affecting descendants of deceased adopted peoples’ access to information was not included in the final list of projects for the Law Commission’s Eleventh Programme of Law Reform solely due to Commission’s lack of resources.
 
Updated List of Sites Holding Recent GRO Indexes - 9/11/11
The General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO) has announced an updated list of libraries and records offices in England and Wales holding the complete set of GRO indexes.
 
Adopted Adults Get Together on 19th November 2011 - 10/10/11
The Intercountry Adoption Centre (IAC) and the Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group (TTAG) have organised a get together for transnationally adopted adults and adopted or long-term fostered adults who are searching for relatives who may live in another country.
 
BAAF Twitterchat on Adoption Search and Reunion - 7/9/11
BAAF is hosting a Twitterchat to talk about all the issues surrounding search and reunion. BAAF’s Search and Reunion specialist, Julia Feast, will be on hand to answer questions, and experts from NORCAP and Barnardo’s will also be joining as guest experts.
 
'Ten Top Tips' on Using Social Networking Sites to Contact Birth Relatives - 7/9/11
The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has launched a series of ‘Ten Top Tips’ for adopted people and birth family members who are considering making contact using social networking sites such as Facebook, as well as adoptive parents whose son or daughter want to make contact or has been contacted.
 
BBC Documentary on Adoption and Facebook - 24/5/11
BBC3 are making a documentary which will look at the ways in which tracing of birth relatives has been affected by the advent of Facebook and other social media and are looking for people who'd like to be involved in the project.
 
Adoption and Interpersonal Relationships Study - 16/5/11
Adults (adopted and non-adopted) are invited to take part in an online research project which will explore how adults feel about their current close relationships.
 
Results of Tracing Birth Relatives Survey - 27/9/10
A survey recently conducted by BAAF has found that Almost 1 in 5 adopted people and birth families have waited 6 months or more for information about their birth relatives from professional adoption tracing agencies 
 
New Tracing Guide Launched - 27/9/10
A practical guide to assist adopted adults who are thinking of tracing their birth relatives has been added to the Adoption Search Reunion website.
 
Adopted from China or Hong Kong by a British Family: Student research project - 15/9/10

Were you adopted from China or Hong Kong by a British family?  If so, please consider participating in an undergraduate dissertation project,

 
Invitation to contribute to new play about people adopted from Hong Kong – 9/8/10
Adopted adults who were born in Hong Kong are invited to share their experiences to be used in dramatised form as part of a one-woman play.
 
New ITV series to reunite families - 21/7/10
In Long Lost Families presenters Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall will help people who have experienced long term separation from members of their family and who are now seeking to be reunited with them.
 
Tracing birth relatives survey - 12/7/10
As part of a new campaign on tracing birth families the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has launched a survey asking adopted people and birth families about their experiences of tracing relatives.
 
Adopted adults anthology: Call for submissions from under-represented voices - 17/6/10
If you are an adopted adult and woul like to write about your experience of adoption, please read this call for submissions for an anthology of adopted people's experiences, which is being edited by Perlita Harris and Chris Atkins and will be published by BAAF.
 
Adopted adults and their birth siblings: PhD research project - 17/3/10
Adopted adults are being invited to participate in a PhD research project exploring how adopted adults experienced growing up, either with or apart from, their birth brothers and sisters, and what these relationships mean in childhood and adulthood.
 
Consultation on the future of the Edited Register - 09/02/10
The Ministry of Justice is seeking views on proposals to abolish or change access to the edited version of the electoral register, which is at present is available for sale to anyone for any purpose, and is a valuable tool in adoption search and reunion work, and for family history research.
 
Accessing information about your origins when living abroad - 01/02/10
Advice for people who live abroad and are trying to access information about their origins has been published on the Adoption Search Reunion website.
 
Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons new petition - 09/07/09
The Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons campaign has launched a second petition on the Prime Minister's Office website.
 
New content added to the Adoption Search Reunion website - 12/05/09
Several new pages offering information and advice to adopted people on searching for adoption and birth information have been added to the ASR website.
 
Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons petition - 08/01/09
The Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons campaign has launched a petition on the Prime Minister's Office website.
 
Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons (DAP) campaign - revised 09/07/09
The Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons (DAP) group has launched a campaign to highlight the problems experienced by descendants who want to access birth information about deceased adopted relatives, and to bring about change.
 
Accessing Information and Intermediary Services: Practice Guidance Published - 29/5/08
The Government has published guidance for practitioners working with adopted adults and birth relatives who wish to find out about an adoption, or to trace and establish contact with their birth relatives through the provision of intermediary services.
 
Nicky Campbell to Talk at Family History Show - 30/4/08
The Society of Genealogists Family History Show is taking place at Olympia, London, on 3rd and 4th May 2008 and will feature over 50 family history societies from across the UK.
 
Transfer of GRO to Identity and Passport Service - 19/10/07
It has been announced that the General Register Office (GRO) will become part of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) from 1 April 2008.
 
Veto Forms and Guidance Available - 20/3/07
The Pointers for Practice materials now include template forms that agencies can use for the registration of absolute and qualified vetoes.
 
Access to Information FAQs - 12/12/06
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has published answers to Frequently Asked Questions on accessing information under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
 
Adoption Search Reunion website proving popular - 6/11/06
Since its official launch in May 2006 the Adoption Search Reunion website has become a valuable resource for people affected by adoption.
 
Official launch for Adoption Search Reunion website - 23/5/06

A Parliamentary reception was held at the House of Commons On 22nd May 2006 to celebrate the official launch of the Adoption Search Reunion website.

 
Pointers for Practice added to website - 27/4/06
We are delighted to announce that the Pointers for Practice have now been added to the Adoption Search Reunion website.
 
New books added to recommended reading lists - 14/3/06
Two new books giving authobiographical accounts of adoption and reunions with birth relatives have been added to the recommended reading lists.
 
Adoption reforms will affect thousands of families, says BAAF - 20/12/05
BAAF welcomes the full implementation of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 - the most radical overhaul of adoption law for 30 years.
 
Mothers and sons reunited as website finds lost families - 18/12/06
New website announced in Independent on Sunday article.
 
Latest news on Adoption Search Reunion website - 23/12/05
The new Adoption Search Reunion website was launched on 23rd December 2005.  This website will be continually updated with new features being added in February and April 2006.
 

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