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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.

This means that descendants of adopted people and others with a prescribed relationship to the adopted person where the adoption order was made before 30th December 2005 will be able to access intermediary services.

CoramBAAF has prepared three separate guides explaining the rights of relatives with a prescribed relationship to an adopted adult to access intermediary services under these new provisions, so that they may be able to locate adoption records and birth relatives.

The guides provide answers to some commonly asked questions about the recent changes in the law and explain:

  • what descendants can do to access the service and information they need
  • the adopted person’s rights in relation to these changes
  • how local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies, can  respond when they receive enquiries from adopted people, descendants and other relatives.

The three guides explaining the new rights to access intermediary services are available below:

Further information can be found on the Locating Records section of the Adoption Search Reunion website.

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