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Finding your birth mother

If I am offered the full service how long will a full search take?
Some searches can take only a few days but each search is different and every avenue of searching is thoroughly investigated, ensuring that your birth relative is found. This can be between a few days and one month.

What happens during the search?
Your birth family will be unaware of the search so that you can decide what you would like to do at the end of the search. A personal researcher will be allocated to you and will send regular updates on the progress of the search.  You can ask any questions of your researcher at any time.

What is a successful search?

The full search service is considered successful when the one of the following is met:

What if my birth mother has passed away?

If this should be the case we would be able to tell you the final resting place and search for any relative that registered the death

What happens when you have found my birth mother?

You will be sent a full report containing your birth mother's current name and address. We will also be able to advise and discuss with you the option of using an intermediary service. You may wish to keep the information for yourself and not make contact with your birth mother. It is your choice at the end of the search and your birth mother will not be made aware of the search.

What do I get at the end of the search?
A full report detailing all the work carried out, the current name and address of your birth relative (or final resting place and the name of the relative that registered the death) along with supporting documentation to confirm the positive identity of your birth relative.

What do I need to do now?

Send us an email or fill out the enquiry form with the details you have. We will then respond  via email, or telephone should you prefer, to discuss further.

You may wish to place your details on the UKATS Adoption Contact Register to check that your relative is not already listed and searching too.


On completion of your search - and only should you wish to go on to make an approach to your birth relative, we strongly recommend using an adoption intermediary service. This allows your birth relative time to decide how they wish to respond and research has shown that using an intermediary service has a much higher success rate of a favourable response. Most adoption intermediary services do charge - your local social service post adoption team may be able to offer this service to you at no cost.

We will be happy to advise you of what is available to you at the end of the search. However, the decision is yours!