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Adoption

The Adopted Children Register is maintained by the Chief Registrar at the General Registry. It should be noted that the Adopted Children Register is not open to public inspection or search.

Adoption certificates

Please note that the production of any records relating to adoptions is at the discretion of the Chief Registrar in accordance with applicable statutory provisions.

An adoption certificate is the certificate required for all legal purposes and is issued in the name given after adoption. To apply for a certificate from the Adopted Children Register, you should contact the Civil Registry.

Civil Registry

Registries Building

Deemsters Walk

Bucks Road

Douglas

Isle of Man

IM1 3AR

Telephone:+44 1624 687039

Email:Send Email

Disclosure of birth records

An adopted person may apply for a certified copy of their original birth certificate on application made in the manner detailed below:

Adopted before 1st January 1986

By law you are required to attend an interview with a counsellor from an adoption society approved under Section 14(2) of the Adoption Act 1984 which arranged your adoption. The counsellor will be able to advise you on how to proceed and how to prepare yourself as well as offering practical advice and guidance. Form 1 of the Adoption (Birth Records) Regulations 1985 must be completed and submitted to the Civil Registry together with the prescribed fee.

Applications received from a person adopted before 1986 and not living on the Isle of Man may request the Chief Registrar to supply the information to a person or body outside the Island, providing the Chief Registrar is satisfied that person or body is suitable to provide counselling to the adopted person.

Adopted on or after 1st January 1986

A counselling service is available to you from an adoption society approved under Section 14(2) of the Adoption Act 1984 which arranged your adoption. Form 2 of the Adoption (Birth Records) Regulations 1985 must be completed and submitted to the Civil Registry together with the prescribed fee.

See also - related legislation

Further information and support for adopted adults can be obtained from the Adoption Team:

About Adoption

Family Placement Service

Bourne House

97 Woodbourne Road

Douglas

Isle of Man

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