Birth Families

Birth Parents

If you are a birth parent whose child was adopted in the past, Family Care Adoption Services can offer you a supportive service.

While Birth families do not have the legal right to information about a birth child placed for adoption under current legislation in Northern Ireland, Family Care will assist you as far as is possible.

We will provide help in identifying the Agency that holds your birth child's adoption file:

  • If this is a local Health and Social Care Trust we will help you to make contact with the right Social Work Team to assist you.
  • If Family Care holds this information, we can provide you with services from counselling and support, to providing non identifying background information, arranging to have letters placed on file, through to undertaking a search for your birth child and facilitating contact and reunion where possible.

We have Social Workers who specialise in providing services to Adopted Adults and Birth Family members, and would be happy to hear from you.

Other Birth Relatives

If you are the Birth Sibling, Grandparent or other relative of an Adopted Adult, Family Care Adoption Services can offer you a supportive service.

While Birth families do not have the legal right to information about a birth child placed for adoption under current legislation in Northern Ireland, Family Care will assist you as far as is possible.

  • If we are not the Agency who holds the information about the adoption of your Birth Relative, we will help to identify the right Social Work Team to assist you.
  • If Family Care is the Adoption Agency that holds this information, we can provide you with a range of services, depending on  the particular situation: This can range from providing counselling and support through to undertaking a search for your birth relative and facilitating contact and reunion where possible.

We have Social Workers who specialise in providing servcies to Adopted Adults and Birth Family members, and would be happy to hear from you.

Next Step Birth Family Support and Counselling Service

‘Next Step’ is a counselling and support service jointly provided by Family Care Adoption Services and our partner agency Adoption Routes.

Next Step is available to those whose child or children have been placed for adoption in the recent past including Birth Parents, Siblings, Grandparents and other Birth Family members who have had a significant relationship with the child. Previous Foster Carers can also avail of the Next Step service.

Referral to Next Step is usually via your Trust Social Worker, but self referrals are also accepted. Further information can be found at http://www.nextstepni.org/

Support & Advice

If you would like any information regarding any of the post adoptive services and support we can provide, please get in touch via phone or email.

Leaflets

If you would like to know more about our Services to Birth Families and to Adopted Adults we have the following leaflets for your information:

Every Child Deserves a Family Life

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