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Welcome to the Descendants of Deceased Adopted Persons Group


If you are just starting out along the road, looking for your adoptive relative’s birth details, then welcome, we hope that this site will give you direction, but to the members of DAP who were part of our campaign for much longer, I hope you find strength in the support we give each other and that you are now happily getting answers to the questions about your adopted relatives.  

We thought this day would never come! 

I was relieved and excited when I was able to report that the Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 were finally laid down on 15 September 2015 and that they would come into force on 10 November 2015.

This meant that after years of campaigning with support from some very important people, from 10 November 2015 the GRO were at last able to start accepting applications from intermediary agencies, acting on behalf of prescribed people, and release birth information to enable applications to proceed.

The amendment only applies to adoptions that took place in England and Wales and so, regrettably, if you are looking for adoptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is still a need for someone to take up the cudgels and start a campaign for change in those places.  

Thank you to those DAP members who have written to me to tell me about their successes and commiserations to those of us who, in spite of everything that has taken place, may never know the complete story.

Wishing you all success.

Frances Lake

Founder and Co-ordinator 

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