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Birth families

How birth families can keep in touch

For birth parents and family relatives adoption may be a really difficult time and you may struggle to manage feelings and decisions that are out of your control. Support and advice is available from each of our 8 Local Authorities.

If you are concerned that your child may be adopted you have the right to access advice support and counselling - simply contact your local adoption support team to find out more.

Another source of support may be the Family Rights Group, a charity that works with parents whose children are in need, at risk, in the care system or with wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home.

The Family Rights Group can advise parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends about their rights and options when Social Workers or Courts make decisions about their children‘s welfare. They also campaign for families to ensure their voices are heard and concerns address.

You can call the Family Rights Group on 0808 801 0366 or visit their website at

You can also contact them via Twitter and Facebook.

For more information about birth parents’ rights, visit the child adoption pages on GOV.UK.