Services for Adopted Adults
IAC runs an Intermediary Service which offers assistance to adopted adults whose adoption has an international element and who are seeking their records and/or who wish indirect or direct contact with thier birth relatives.
Because of the nature of the work, we may need to work in partnership with different organisations and independent bodies both in the UK and overseas in order to provide a comprehensive intermediary service.
IAC takes great care, as far as possible that the other organisations or independent bodies possess the requisite qualifications, skills and experience to provide the service and have suitable arrangements for handling sensitive material, if the country is outside the EU. IAC may at times use the services of an independent researcher/genealogist in the UK or in the overseas country. IAC will make every effort to ensure that the standards are met.
As intermediary work takes time, service users are advised that, while every effort will be made to expedite the process, it is not possible for IAC to guarantee results or time scales.
IAC intermediary counsellors are qualified and experienced Social Work Practitioners and/or Counsellors and the agency adheres to strict codes of conduct with regard to confidentiality and record keeping.Confidentiality will be maintained in all cases except in the event of concerns about a child's welfare, where it cannot be guaranteed.
Following your initial contact with the Practitioner IAC will forward details of the service and if you wish to proceed further IAC will make arrangements to meet with you or make arrangements for a local representative to meet with you.
There may be charge for this service and this will be discussed with you.
Intermediary Service for Adopted Adults Leaflet - pdf (30 KB)