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Support if you're adopted

If you’re over 18, you can access your birth records, medical history and information about why you were adopted, if you have proof of your birth name.


Access my birth records

You’ll need proof of your birth name to access your birth records.

I don't have my birth certificate

If you don’t have your birth certificate from before adoption, you’ll need to request this.

I already have my birth certificate before adoption

Contact the Post Adoption Team directly on 0116 3053051 to start the process. 

Get a copy of my medical history

Your medical history may have been included within your adoption file at the time of adoption. If you have proof of your birth name, you can also request this from the NHS.

If you don’t have proof of your birth name, follow the process above for 'I don't have my birth certificate'

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Find out why I was adopted

Our Birth Records Counselling Service can help you to find out why you were in care. In order to access birth records counselling services, an adopted adult needs to make a referral to the BRC team in the area in which you live. 

You can contact the Leicestershire Birth Records Counselling Service on 0116 305 3051 or complete enquiry form.


Get a copy of my life story book or later life letter

A copy of your life story book and later life letter should have been saved on record by the local authority that placed you for adoption, as well as being given to your adopters at the time of the adoption order. If you no longer have this, you can contact the local authority you were adopted from to request a copy. 


Get in touch with someone from my past

If you want to get in touch with someone from your past, it’s advisable that you contact our Birth Records Counselling Service on 0116 305 3051. They will signpost you to the relevant intermediary service.

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