Welcome to FamilyConnect

The care leaver section of our website aims to provide straightforward, step-by-step guides to aspects of connecting with your personal history – including searching for records and making contact with family members you have lost touch with.

We know this process can prompt strong emotions. That’s why we’ve taken care to ensure each category below supports you with both the practical and emotional aspects of investigating your personal history.

The categories are organised by trying to think about the most common reasons adults might visit our site and the steps they might work through. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, however, we recommend starting with the section things to consider.

Our Voices

Podcast: Recommendations to practitioners for recording care records

Miriam Antcliffe, Research and Development Officer at Research in Practice, speaks to John-george and Darren* who share their personal stories…

Podcast: Accessing your care records

Miriam Antcliffe, Research and Development Officer at Research in Practice, speaks to John-george and Darren* who share their personal stories…

Elizabeth’s story: my continuing journey as a foundling

When Elizabeth began her journey to discover her background as a foundling – a child discovered with no identifying documents…

Claire story: searching for my birth mum

Adoptee and blogger, Claire of How To Be Adopted shares her experience of searching and reuniting with birth family members,…

Elizabeth’s story: my journey as an adoption foundling

Elizabeth, a foundling, opens up about her journey discovering her background, who she was and meeting her birth relatives for…

John-george’s story: tracing my records as a care leaver

Tracing records and family origins can be a daunting journey for adults who grew up in care. Here John-george shares…
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