How to access adoption records

Adoption records

Adoption records can be found in a variety of places. The Local Authority, a Voluntary Adoption Agency, and the court where the adoption order was granted are the three main locations.

Tracing your original birth record can be difficult, so read on for tips on tracing your original birth record or a child you have given up for adoption.

Accessing your birth records

If you were adopted and have been wanting to access your birth records there are ways to find them. Remember the following information

  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  • Anyone who was adopted prior to November 12, 1975, must first meet with an approved adoption advisor for counseling.

You know your birth details

If you know your birth details, you must contact the General Register Office where you were adopted if you were adopted outside of England or Wales. You can get a copy of your original birth certificate from the General Register Office.

You don’t know your birth details

If you don’t know your birth details, you’ll need to fill out an application for the Birth Certificate Information Before Adoption (BIBA) service. Depending on where you live, you’ll need to fill out one of the following application forms: