Searching For Relatives Where Adoption is Involved FinderMonkey

David Oates – research consultant at FinderMonkey

Searching for relatives where adoption is involved is a very different process to where it is not a factor. I wanted to talk to you about how this makes a huge difference in how a search is carried out and what we need to consider to provide you with the best possible service.

Back in 2015 we realised that to carry out searches where adoption is involved comes under the regulations of Ofsted.

You might be thinking, why should I care about that but its really important.

Back then I was Head Researcher at FinderMonkey (I am still a Research Consultant and shareholder of FinderMonkey) and I knew very little about adoption in relation to tracing lost relatives. There is much to consider to keep all parties safe and its critical you use an agency that understands that. Many trace companies do not understand this fully and do not have access to the right support that you might need or possibly the relative you are looking for might need.

It’s crucial to know the ins and outs of adoption law and the Ofsted regulations that govern our actions. These are there to keep people safe. That is why I’ve dedicated the last 6 years to really understanding adoption and how it works in relation to finding and contacting relatives where the separating factor was an adoption.

I now work for a huge array of both birth parents looking for their now adult children and also children looking for their birth parents. I also work for many siblings and half sibling who have been separated by adoption. Its delicate, intense work to try and get the best outcomes for everyone involved.

Searching For Relatives Where Adoption is Involved FinderMonkey

Dr Joanna North – expert on psychological support

Thankfully, Ofsted provide clear guidelines on what can be done and how to go about things and that led to me working with Dr Joanna North. Joanna is an expert on psychological support for Adoption Intermediary Work. Over the last 6 years now we have developed a process that allows us to offer an exceptional service for anyone looking for a relative where adoption is involved.

We can access the right data such as adoption records and we can work through any issues that can arise on the journey to get you answers and contact. We offer counselling and other support. The combination of my tracing background combined with Joanna’s experience has meant we are now members of C.A.S.A (Consortium of Adoption Support Agencies) we also provided a report to the Parliamentary Review on our processes and concerns. And of course, we work closely with Ofsted and have an outstanding rating.

This work is not carried out by FinderMonkey but by Joanna North Associates, but you should call Jake at FinderMonkey on 0113 2825900 should you wish to find out more about our adoption services and how they can help you.

It has been a long road to get to this point where we feel like we can provide you with an excellent service and can leverage our working relationships with the GRO and various Adoption Agencies.

CLICK HERE to find out how we can help you find someone if adoption is involved.