Adoption Birth Records

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Applying for birth records

If you’re over the age of 18, were born before the 1st of January 2007 and you want information from your birth records, you need to meet with a Social Worker from the adoption service for adoption counselling before you can get a copy of your original birth certificate.

If the adoption was after 1st of January 2007, the counselling meeting is not compulsory.

At the counselling meeting, the Social Worker will discuss with you how much you already know about your birth family and your reasons for wanting further information. The social worker will:

  • give you as much information as possible about your adoption
  • help you to understand some of the feelings and emotions you or your adoptive parents might feel
  • help you make inquiries about your birth family
  • help you consider the possible effects and consequences for your birth parents if you decide to trace them

In order to find the right records, you will need to supply the following information to the adoption service:

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • your maiden name (if appropriate)
  • the names of your adoptive parents

It is important that the adoption service is given some form of identification, so they can be sure that information is given to the right person. If you were born in Jersey, the Social Worker will apply on your behalf to the Superintendent Registrar for a copy of your original birth certificate. The cost is £20 and you need to make a cheque payable to The Treasurer of The States.

An adopted adult is able to put their name down on the Contact Registers held by the Superintendent Registrar in Jersey and the Greffe in Guernsey if they wish people to know that they want to make contact with their birth family.


Fostering and Adoption Jersey
Children’s Service
Liberte House
19-23 La Motte Street
St Helier

Tel: +44 1534 443970