When the law changed and adopted adults became entitled to receive their original birth certificates, many families (both birth and adoptive) who had been assured complete secrecy surrounding their adoption felt vulnerable and exposed. To ensure that those receiving this information had the opportunity of thinking through the possible consequences of any search, adults adopted before 11th November 1975 in England and Wales and before 1st January 1986 on the Isle of Man are required to have a session with a social worker to talk about these issues. If you were adopted after these dates it is advisable but not compulsory that you attend a counselling session.

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