“The quality of the service provision is outstanding” (Ofsted)

Pathways: Post Adoption & After Care

Our Post Adoption & Aftercare Team works with adopted adults, adoptive parents and birth families who are seeking help and advice in relation to adoption. We also provide support for adults who were once in our care and/or in one of the children’s homes whose records we hold.


Why this is needed

From 1859 until the 1970’s there were orphanages and children’s homes that were run by or under the auspices of the Catholic Children’s Society, formerly the Crusade of Rescue. Between 1948 and 2008 we also placed over 6,000 children with adoptive families. This service helps these individuals to achieve a greater understanding of their origins and reasons for their separation from their birth parents. It also provides advice and support to those seeking reunions with ‘lost’ family members.


How we help

We keep records and files dating back over a hundred years to ensure we can provide as much information as possible to individuals seeking information about their past. Facing an unknown past can raise all sorts of fears and fantasies which our team of qualified social workers and counsellors help to navigate.

“Words such as ‘confidence’, ‘sensitivity’, ‘balanced’ and ‘professionalism’ were used over and again [by service users] to describe the workers’ approach”

Ofsted Inspection Report, 2016

Please see our statement of purpose here: Statement of Purpose 2018

Contact us

Our Post Adoption & Aftercare service is based at our head office.

Please complete the contact form below if:

  • You grew up in one of our children’s homes and want access to care records
  • You are a descendant of a now deceased former resident or child migrantand are searching for information
  • You are a birth relative seeking news of an adopted adult
  • You were adopted and are seeking information or wish to trace birth relatives
  • You are a descendant of a now deceased adopted adult and are searching for information

You can view our Privacy Notice for this service here: Pathways Post Adoption & Aftercare – Privacy Notice