An examination of adoption support services for birth relatives and for post-adoption contact in England and Wales

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Support services for the birth relatives of adopted children have received far less research scrutiny than those for adopters and the children themselves. Clive Sellick reports the first stage ‘mapping’ survey of a government-commissioned study into birth relative support services and services supporting contact following changes in policy and legislation. The type, range and delivery of such services, commissioned or provided by local authority and voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies in England and Wales, are examined. The survey found that good opportunities exist for linking birth relative and contact support services. However, real challenges remain in promoting support services and reaching birth relatives and in funding and commissioning such services, particularly from the non-governmental sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalAdoption and Fostering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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