4 Services to Birth Parents/Relatives

Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21 November 2001.

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After Adoption welcomes clause 3 where it makes it clear the duty to provide Adoption support services to extend to natural parents and former guardians. However the Bill does not address whether this service should be extended to include the provision of intermediary services to birth relatives wishing to make contact with the adopted person in adulthood. At present the provision of services to Birth Parents/Relatives is very patchy. After Adoption has come into contact with local authorities who openly refuse to offer any services whatsoever. The Department of Health guidelines issued in August 200 for intermediary services for Birth Relatives has been implemented by very few Local Authorities therefore it is a postcode lottery as to whether a Birth Parent or any other Birth relative will receive a service.