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Support after adoption

/media/adults/library/origins_440.jpgThere can be a lifelong impact for all those connected to an adoption. Adoption laws have changed over the years to reflect the needs of various people connected to adoption. These laws enable them to apply to be put in touch with the relative separated by adoption. 

After Father Hudson’s ceased involvement in 2009 in arranging adoptions, we registered as an Adoption Support Agency in order to continue to work with adults affected by adoption. Therefore the quality of our work is regularly inspected by Ofsted, who have consistently judged the quality of our adoption support agency to be “outstanding”, the highest rating.

We are a member of the Consortium of Adoption Support Agencies, www.casa-uk.org.

Every adoption support agency is required to have a Statement of Purpose and ours can be downloaded at the foot of this page.

Who can apply for which adoption support services?

Advice, guidance and support is provided to all enquirers to our adoption support service.

Support to Father Hudson’s adoptive families with adopted children still under 18 is arranged to be provided by another adoption agency that specialises in working with children in adoptive families. The agency is Adoption Focus, who can be contacted through www.adoption-focus.org.uk

Information from our adoption records can be provided to all those whose adoption was arranged by Father Hudson’s. We provide you with a portfolio of information from our records which will be shared with you by a social worker experienced in adoption. You can choose whether to visit Father Hudson’s offices to access the information or to arrange for us to forward the information to an adoption social worker nearer to you (usually your Local Authority’s Post Adoption Team). There is no charge for this service, though donations are welcomed.

Intermediary (tracing & making contact) services provided by our agency are not restricted to those connected to adoptions arranged by Father Hudson’s. Birth relatives, as well as adopted adults and their descendants or other relatives can apply for intermediary services under the law in England & Wales. The person applying for the service does not need to reside in this country, but the adoption concerned needs to have been legalised within England and Wales. We are particularly mindful of the needs of birth mothers living in Ireland who had their child placed for adoption in England.

If we did not arrange the adoption we have to try and identify any agency that may still have records of the adoption. However, even if no records are located, we can usually still successfully trace the relative. Due to the additional work involved in cases where we did not arrange the adoption we charge an additional fee.

In all cases we try to initially establish if your relative is currently registered by the NHS as being in England or Wales. Then for an additional fee, our service will attempt to trace your relative’s current address and prepare for an approach to be made. We are usually successful in tracing relatives, even if they have moved abroad. Once your relative is contacted we offer advice and support to both parties, as contact is established and progresses.

How to apply

For an application for adopted persons obtaining information from adoption records, download here.

For an application for an intermediary service to trace and contact your birth or adopted relative, download here.

Any enquiries about our support after adoption can be made by phoning 01675 434000 or by emailing origins@fatherhudsons.org.uk

Payment for intermediary services           

There are fees payable for intermediary services (not for access to information).              

Once you have completed and posted the form, you may pay via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay in this way. Please select the services you are paying for and click ĎPay for servicesí.

Initial enquiries for non Father Hudsonís adoptions: £100

Undertake a check of NHS records to establish if adopted/birth relative is currently registered in England and Wales: £30

To locate current address, make contact and provide follow up support to both parties: £250

To trace and re-contact an adopted/birth relative, whom our service has previously contacted for you: £100

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