The UK Government is proposing a new law about adopted children and birth parents. They will be able to trace each other. A government service is to be set up to do it.
Parents who put their children up for adoption are to get help tracing them, under plans unveiled on Thursday.Comments include
New Adoption Support Agencies would act as an intermediary service and the request to make contact, by child and parent, would become a legal right.
The government is consulting on changes to the new Adoption and Children Bill, which comes into effect next year.
At present intermediary services are available in some parts of the country but not others.
When the new Adoption and Children Bill was first introduced in 2002, it only made provision for access to information after the Bill comes into effect, which is expected to happen next summer.
It did not apply to the 875,000 adoptions that have already been made since the Adoption of Children Act 1926.
Minister for Children Margaret Hodge said: "Originally, we thought that the huge number of adoptions that have occurred since 1926 would mean the adoption agencies would be overburdened by applications from people seeking contact with former birth relatives."
I was adopted in 1965 and strongly object to the new proposals. I have a wonderful relationship with my parents who brought me up and, whilst I bear no ill will towards those who gave me up for adoption, I do not believe they should have any right to trace me (even if actual contact could only be made with my consent).There's a real video here
I am adopted, and I have no wish to trace my parents. The idea of them being able to trace me is unsettling; it was their choice after all. I am not bitter but I am happy now and do not wish to disrupt my present and future with a past I have already dealt with. If
I was adopted in 1952 and was lucky enough to have been told that at an early age by my adoptive parents. I have placed my name on a register as I feel sad to think I could walk past a blood relative and never know it. I am very pleased about the intermediary concept
I have recently traced my birth mother with the full support of my adopted family. However I think we were all taken by surprise by the resulting emotions and I feel that there needs to be a very strong support system established to help people through this very emotional process and also through the following year/s.
We're told that women are left holding the baby and men don't take responsibility, but 875,000 children have been adopted since 1926. So maybe 875,000 women didn't take responsibility. Maybe it could be argued they didn't have any choice, but adoption itself is a choice. Some managed without sex and/or without adoption. Adoption is one of the way's of getting rid of children you don't want, primarily for women. Abortion is also another way. Donor insemination or sperm banks are a way of having a baby whiteout having a man around in any form. These are all conveniences for women. There is little or no requirement to inform, let alone involve, the father. The baby's wish is not considered at all. Now some of that is changing. It's nice to see that children have rights too.