A new website to help reunite birth parents and adopted adults launches on Friday (23 December). It is a response by charity Baaf adoption and fostering to the implementation of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 on 30 December.
For the first time, birth parents will have a legal right to an intermediary service to make contact with adopted children, once their son or daughter is 18. Adopted adults can also ask for an intermediary service to help trace birth relatives.
These services are to be provided by adoption agencies, including local authorities and charities. Intermediary services are already available but provision is “patchy and inconsistent”, according to Baaf.
The website is intended as first port of call for adopted people and birth relatives who want more information on tracing.
It will include a directory and contact details of all local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support organisations in England and Wales. Information for professionals working in adoption will also be available on the site.