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Records of adoptions
Records of adoptions in England and Wales are held by the
Registrar General. These relate to persons who have been adopted
since 1 January 1927 under the Adoption Acts.
A standard certificate is a full copy of the entry in the
Adopted Children Register which, instead of particulars of
parentage and birth registration, gives the date of birth (if
known) and particulars of the adoption and adoptive parents. A
short certificate shows only the name and date of birth
and does not refer to adoption.
Applications for adoption certificates should be made in writing
Office for National Statistics
Lancs PR8 2HH
Order an adoption certificate copy from the General