Any adopted person over the age of 18 can ask to see their adoption records. You are also entitled to a copy of your original birth certificate.
If you were adopted before 30 December 2005
If you were adopted before 30 December 2005, you need to apply to the Register General:
- for access to birth records from the General Register Office (GRO)
- to ask to see an adoption adviser
Don't worry if you do not have a copy of your original birth certificate or do not know your birth name.
When applying to the GRO, we advise you put on the form that you wish to have an appointment with an adoption adviser at Thurrock Council, and include our adoption team details, below.
: 0300 123 1837
If you were adopted on or after 30 December 2005
If you were adopted on or after 30 December 2005, you must apply to an adoption agency rather than direct to the GRO for a copy of your original birth certificate.
What we offer
We offer advice, information and counselling to anyone thinking about seeking information or searching for their records. Contact us if you would like to speak to a social worker about our services.
: 01375 652 647
Use the form below to start your enquires.
You can read more about your right to access information on the Adoption Search Reunion website.