Advice for adopted adults

If you are over 18, live in Medway and were adopted we can offer you support and advice. This includes:

  • counselling and advice on adoption issues
  • counselling for those looking to find out about their origins and access their birth records
  • support and advice for adopted adults who want to, or have made contact with their birth family
  • support and advice to adopted people wishing to register a veto on being contacted by members of their birth family

If you are thinking about looking for your birth records but don’t know where to start we can give you advice on the steps you need to take.

Records of adoptions

There are records of adoption for people who have been adopted in England and Wales since 1 January 1927. A full standard certificate gives the date of birth (if known), adoptive name and details of the adoptive parents. A short certificate only shows the name and date of birth and does not refer to adoption.

You can request an adoption certificate by writing to:

Certificate Services Section

General Register Office

P.O. Box 2



Order an adoption certificate copy from the General Register Office.