How do I check if I’m adopted?

If you are over 18 and suspect that you are adopted but are unable to confirm it by asking family members we suggest you contact Adoption Jigsaw or other relevant counsellor to discuss it. If you want to continue you could contact the relevant government department. Or you could apply for a full (not an extract) birth certificate from the relevant Registrar. If you are adopted you will be unable to obtain a full certificate until you have authority from the relevant government adoption agency. However it may be distressing to find out in this manner and we strongly suggest you speak to us or other counsellor first.