Finding your birth parents

If you’re thinking about looking for your birth parents there are a number of ways we can help.

If you’re adopted, you have to be 18 or over before you can access information about your birth family.

If you’re under 18

If you’re thinking about your birth family, or about contact, it helps to talk with people who can advise and support you.

We hope you’ll feel able to talk to members of your adoptive family, but if you find this difficult, talk to other adults you trust, like a teacher, youth worker or even one of your friend’s parents or family members. You may want to talk with other adopted young people about this.

You can have some kind of contact with your birth family through the Letterbox scheme, which allows you to receive photographs or letters from them.

You may want to talk with other adopted young people about this.

In Barnsley, we have a support group for adopted young people. Your parents may be getting a newsletter from us about the groups on offer, but if not, they could ask us for the information.

You’ll also find some useful information on the websites mentioned below.

If you’re over 18

If you’re 18 or above and you want to find out more about your birth family, you can contact the Adoption Contact Register.

If any of your birth relatives have registered to say they’d welcome contact from you, you’ll find their names on the register.

You can apply for your original birth certificate and try to trace your birth family.

These websites also have some useful information and will signpost you to further support and advice: