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Post Adoption & After Care

The Post Adoption and After Care Team works with adopted adults, adoptive parents and birth families who are seeking help and advice in relation to adoption. The team also offers services and support to those formerly in our care, and their families, using the sensitivity, skills and knowledge of the workers, and the records the Society holds. Our most recent OFSTED inspection described the quality of service as “outstanding”, OFSTED’s highest acolade. You can read the full report here.

Since 1948 we have placed over 6,000 children for adoption, and since the mid 19th Century we have had children in our care. The service helps adults adopted as children and former residents of our children’s homes to achieve a greater understanding of their origins and reasons for separation.

To see a timeline of the society’s history please click here.

Please note that the Society no longer recruits and assesses prospective adoptive parents. For information about adoption services in your area please see the British Association for Adoption & Fostering website.

It is much more commonplace now for people to be interested in family history. Media attention and TV programmes have increased interest in origins. However, for those who have been separated from their birth families, through adoption or being in care, there is an additional layer. They may have been raised with the history of their adoptive families but with incomplete, or no history of their birth families.

The search for information for such people goes beyond genealogical enquiry and involves a good deal of courage. Facing an unknown past can raise all sorts of fears and fantasies, which our staff can help to address. The team encounter a wide range of situations: adopted adults or former care adults who find that their birth parents subsequently married each other and had more children, so the adopted persons discover they have a number of full birth siblings; situations where the birth parent, or adopted person, may have died or have a serious health problem, or where one or other party feels unable to re-establish contact.

The Adoption and After Care Service is based at 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ. Telephone 020 8969 5305. Please click map to see a map. For help planning a visit by public transport, we recommend using the Transport for London journey planner at There is no parking available on site, and limited street parking.

How can we help?

We offer a range of services to people who were adopted; birth relatives of adopted adults; those who grew up in one of our children’s homes and to descendants of now deceased former residents or child migrants. For further information about our post adoption services please click here. Please see the downloadable forms listed below.

If you are grew up in one of our children’s homes and want access to care records, please click here to download an application for information for people who grew up in one of our children’s homes.

If you are a descendant of a now deceased former resident or child migrant and are searching for information, please click here to download the application for information concerning a former resident of a children’s home.

If you are a birth relative seeking news of an adopted adult, click here to download the application for information for birth relatives seeking news of an adopted adult.

If you were adopted and are seeking information or wish to trace birth relatives, please click here to download the application for people who were adopted and are seeking information or wish to trace birth relatives.

For any other enquiry, click here to download the any other enquiry application form.

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Adoption and Aftercare Useful Links

Adoption Search Reunion

The first port of call for anyone thinking about searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK.

Post Adoption Centre

An adoption support agency based in London and with services around the South East.

After Adoption

A national adoption support agency which also runs ‘Talk Adoption’, a service for adopted young people up to the age of 25.

Find My Past

UK Family history records. The complete 1841-1911 census collection online; births, marriages and deaths 1837-2006, parish records for baptisms, marriages and burials dating from 1538, migration records and more.

General Register Office UK

UK government website for ordering birth, death and marriage certificates.

General Register Office Ireland

Republic of Ireland government website for ordering birth, death and marriage certificates.


General family and ancestry research membership website.

Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths

Free access to the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837-1983.

National Archives UK

The UK government’s official archive of public records.

National Archives Ireland

Archives and records in the Republic of Ireland.

Scotland’s People

80 million records covering Statutory and old Parish Registers, Census Records and more in Scotland.