Request access to your adoption or birth records

Accessing birth information

If you are over 18 years old and have been adopted, you can apply for access to information about your birth origins.

We offer support to adults who:

  • were adopted through us
  • live in Buckinghamshire
  • have applied for their original birth certificate and have chosen Buckinghamshire as the place to have their counselling (you will also need to have informed the General Register Office of this.

If you have concerns

If you have concerns about speaking to your adoptive parents about wanting to access your birth records, you can speak to us for advice.

However, research indicates that for the majority of adopted adults who do seek birth origin information, such information does not harm the relationship with their adoptive parents.

Accessing adoption records

If you decide you want access to information from your adoption file, you can apply to the adoption agency that arranged your adoption and your worker can arrange for it to be sent to us.

If your adoption was arranged by us, your file will be ordered from Buckinghamshire’s Adoption Archive. Sometimes no file is available. It may be possible that the court involved at the time are happy to share the court file.

Once an adoption file has been received, your worker will prepare a copy to share with you.

If you do not know who the adoption agency was

If you do not know which agency you were adopted through, your counsellor can try and find out where it is and apply for the file on your behalf.

Adoptive parents of adults seeking birth information

Often adoptive parents wish to support their adult children in finding out information about their birth origins.

Adoption Search Reunion has a section with information for adoptive parents.

We can discuss any concerns that you may have, to share with you any changes in the legislation since you adopted and to signpost you on to other agencies if appropriate.

Contact us

You can contact us to:

  • request counselling before you request your birth records
  • ask for help in finding your adoption agency
  • request your adoption records if you were adopted through Buckinghamshire Council

Contact the post order adoption team on 01494 586 626.

The advice line is available:

Monday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30am to 1pm

Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:30pm to 5pm