Adoption tracing and why it needs to be done the right way.
My name is David Oates, I am the Head Researcher at Relative Connections, you can view my LinkedIn by clicking here. I am also the director of the adoption support agency which is regulated by Ofsted.
Adoption can be a wonderful thing, with children being welcomed into new homes to become part of new families across the world. It’s a process that affects around 6,000 children in the UK each year and the sad reality is that after adoption these families aren’t exempt from breaking up, as they’re just like any other. So, naturally, people in this situation often end up wanting to reconnect years later.
When a person finds themselves running Find My Adopted Child or Find My Adoptive Birth Parents searches online, the first thing they’re likely to find is information about how they should add themselves to the Adoption Contact Register . This is sage advice, as it’s a great place to start and all it involves is providing your original birth name, date of birth and the full names of the adoptive parents when appropriate.
So, what happens when this doesn’t work?…
Unregulated Professional Adoption Tracing Services
When running those aforementioned searches online, the next thing that will come up will be adoption tracing services, with a number of companies operating in the UK. It’s important to say at this stage that you should be looking to use a service that’s Ofsted registered, as the process is regulated and overseen by the government standards agency.
The reason for this is the sensitivity of the process, as there are not just a multitude of laws and regulations that need to be adhered to, but a range of safeguarding issues that need to be considered. You’ll see Facebook groups and other companies offering services like these, but they’re often not regulated, so it’s vital that you’re aware of this fact when choosing which firm to use.
Choosing the Right Adoption Tracing Company
Depending on the age of the people involved, safeguarding risks are numerous and they really shouldn’t be ignored. There’s issues like whether people actually want to be contacted in the first place, emotional distress and many more besides, as there are often complex family dynamics and relationships at play that can greatly muddy the water.
At Relative Connections, these delicate matters are fully considered and catered for, as we work very closely with an adoption support agency- a well-established agency that’s fully registered with Ofsted. With years of experience in finding lost adoptive relatives, their expertise allows us to achieve results for our customers without risking anyone’s safety or emotional wellbeing.
Ofsted Registered Adoption Tracing With Relative Connections
We understand the emotions that drive people to want to reconnect with their loved ones, but the search that’s carried out needs to be well thought-out and consider the feelings of everyone involved. With our team helping you throughout the process, we’ll support you through the process, whether the outcome is positive or otherwise.
So, if you’d like to know more about our adoption tracing service or about what makes Relative Connections different from any other adoption tracing company out there, take a browse around our website and see for yourself. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to us directly about your requirements, we’re ready and waiting to help and you can get in touch by calling us today on 0113 282 5900.