I’m a birth relative
My child is going to be/has been adopted
We appreciate that this can be a difficult and stressful time, and we can provide you with the support you may need.
We can put you in touch with an organisation who will provide you with Independent workers, who can offer support and guidance for birth parents, and are NOT involved in court proceedings relating to the adoption of your child.
What they do
- They offer birth parents a safe, impartial place to talk about what adoption means for you and your child/ren.
- They will listen and discuss the adoption with you.
What they don’t do
- Change the plan for your child, or stop the adoption.
- Represent you in court.
- Keep information confidential if it relates to any current or past concerns about the safety of your child/ren.
If you feel this service may help you, speak to the permanency coordinator for your child who will make a referral on your behalf. Once this has been done a worker will contact you to arrange a suitable time and place to meet.
How do I let my child know that I would like to have contact with them, once they are 18 years old?
We can place a letter for your adopted relative on their adoption file. We can provide advice on what to put in the letter, and also signpost you to relevant intermediary agencies. We cannot act as an intermediary on your behalf.
For more information visit the Adoption Contact Register.