Adoption, foster and care records

Adoption, as a legal process, began in England and Wales in 1927. Adoption certificates include the adoptive name of the child, date of birth, date of adoption and name of the adoptive parents.

To order a copy of your original birth or adoption certificate contact the General Register Office. The Adoption Contact Register records whether a person wants, or does not want, to find relatives or be found.

If adoption took place in Hampshire, contact Hampshire Adoption to find out more information.

Fostering and care home

Some records relating to fostering and care homes in Hampshire are available. Apply via a Subject Access Request to access this information.

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