Adoption

Finding your birth family

If you were part of an adoption that took place before 1985, it may be possible to find information about your birth parent or child.

We can help you with this process. 

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Finding out about adopted family members

If you have a sibling or other relative who was placed for adoption into another family or adopted into your family, you may want to find details about them.

Anyone can request access to  an adoption Court record.  A judge in the Family Court will look at your application and decide whether there are special reasons to grant you access.

The process can take some time. The first step is to apply in writing to the Family Court where you live.

You’ll need to include:

  • any details you have on the birth date, place and name of the adopted person
  • any relevant background information to support your case
  • any relevant documents that would support your application such as a birth certificate, marriage and/or death certificates
  • what are the special grounds that support access to the Court’s adoption records.

The Family Court judge may ask a social worker to review the records and your application, and the social worker may contact you for more information.

They’ll provide a report to the judge to help them decide whether to grant you access or not. The Court will then let you know whether you can have access to these records. 

You are welcome to contact the Adoption Service to discuss how to go about this application with a social worker.I