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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.

The amendment to The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 will allow other relatives who may have appropriate reasons to explore their family history to apply to an intermediary agency to help facilitate contact with biological relatives.

BAAF has prepared a guide explaining the rights of relatives with a prescribed relationship to an adopted person to access intermediary services under these new provisions, so that they may be able to locate adoption records and birth relatives. It will 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.

BAAF's guide to the new provisions is available from the Locating Records section of the website.

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