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Locating Adoption Records Database Searches

The Locating Adoption Records Database

Over a number of years we have developed and maintained a unique database that can be used to find out where adoption records might be held. The database can be searched using information about a home (maternity, mother & baby, shelter etc), organisation or local authority involved in the birth or adoption, or a staff member who worked in one of these homes or organisations. The results show the most likely current holder of the adoption records, and include full contact details so that further enquiries can be made.

Access to the database for member agencies
CoramBAAF's Full and Associate member agencies now have direct access to the database and can access the search form via the members' area of the CoramBAAF website. The link is being provided to each agency at the point of membership renewal but if you need help with finding it please contact us at

Adoption Support Agencies (ASAs) who are not CoramBAAF members should contact to discuss their options for gaining direct access to the database.

Access to the database for individuals
Database searches can be conducted by CoramBAAF on behalf of members of the public who are searching for information for their own use. To request a database search please email us at with the following information:

  • Your name
  • How you found out about the ASR database search service
  • Whose adoption records you are trying to locate (e.g. your own, or those of a relative etc) 
  • The reason for the search (e.g. trying to locate birth mother)
  • When the adoption took place (an approximate year, not the exact date)
  • Where the adoption took place (an approximate location i.e. the town / county / borough / area) to enable us to search the database
  • Any other details you have (e.g. some or all of the name/address of the home, agency, local authority or court involved in the adoption) to allow a more detailed search

Please note that we cannot search for indviduals by name or date of birth, and do not have access to adoption records ourselves. Therefore we do not require the names of people involved in the adoption and would request that you please do not send us copies of personal documents such as birth certificates.

We will provide you with a response which includes details of any possible record holders we have found within 5 working days. We will provide you with contact information so that you can make contact with the likely record holder, but please note that we will not be able to make contact on your behalf.

Further information
If you require any other information about searching for information, accessing records and tracing family members please consult our free Tracing Guide and the information pages in the Locating Records section.

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