Adoption Support

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4. Support for birth relatives

Support groups

We hold monthly groups which offer support for birth mothers. 

Monthly drop-ins take place where birth relatives can socialise and assist each other in day-to-day challenges. Here you can also get help with writing letters from our Letterbox Coordinator


Adoption Contact Register

There is a national Adoption Contact Register run by the General Register Office. There is a fee to place a birth relative’s name on the register. 

The Register is held at:

Adoptions Section
Room DO9
Smedley Hydro 
Trafalgar Road

Find out more about the Adoption Contact Register at GOV.UK.


Birth Parent Support Service

The independent Birth Parent Support Service is currently run on our behalf by a voluntary agency, St Francis Children's Society, following the recommendations of an Adoption Inspection.

It has been extended to include other birth relatives.



Letterbox or indirect contact can be used by anyone who has been important in the child's life.

It promotes the exchange of information with the child and can continue until they are 18 years old.


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Last updated: 29 May 2019

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