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Intermediary Services for Relatives of Adopted People

New Rules on Intermediary Services for Relatives of Adopted People

Following consultation, the government has announced new rules to make provision for intermediary services to facilitate contact between ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ and the birth relatives of a person adopted before 30th December 2005.

Details about the new rules which came into force on 31st October 2014, and a link to the government's consultation response, can be found in the Department for Education Press release.

BAAF Guide to Accessing Intermediary Services

BAAF has prepared a guide 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. 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.

Click here to open the guide to accessing intermediary services (PDF).

Find out about the Descendants of Adopted Persons (DAP) campaign

The Descendants of Adopted Persons (DAP) group 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.

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