Adoption records

Finding your records

We know that finding and accessing adoption records can be difficult.

Our friendly international service Making Connections can help you find and view your information.

We only keep records of children adopted through Barnardo’s. Data we hold may include the following documents:

  • birth certificate
  • progress reports
  • school reports
  • medical history
  • information about birth relatives.

You must be over the age of 18 to access your records.

Looking for your birth relatives as an adopted adult

We provide support for adopted adults searching for their biological family members, and facilitate contact through our intermediary services.

Finding a birth relative who was adopted

We can help the birth relatives of adopted adults reach out to their long-lost family members. We offer support and counselling throughout the process.

Researching your family history

We keep information about former looked after children in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

If your ancestor was cared for by Barnardo’s as a child, our genealogy services can help you trace their history.

Please be aware that we cannot share family histories that do not conform to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Reconnecting adults who grew up in care

The Barnardo's Guild Messenger is a biannual magazine dedicated to reuniting former children in care.

Contact the Making Connections service at Barnardo’s

Making Connections
Cottage 4
Tanners Lane
IG6 1 QG

Telephone: 020 8498 7536
Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.