This usually takes place between adults, and is set up to provide an ongoing information exchange between adoptive and birth families.

Once or twice a year (and sometimes more often—subject to agreement) the adoptive family write to named members of the birth family giving up-to-date news of how the child is progressing. This may be accompanied by a photograph (though not in all situations).

In exchange, the birth parent or relative will write back to the adoptive parents providing information about their family and what has happened to them since the last information exchange.

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