British Adoption Project 1965-1969

The British Adoption Project was a research based project that operated between 1965 and 1969. Fifty three children were placed in 51 adoptive families through the Project. The children were mainly of black Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed heritage. Follow up interviews with the adoptive families took place in 1974-75 and through to 1980-81.

The records relating to the British Adoption Project were held by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) until it went into administration on 31st July 2015. The records are now held by Coram Adoption which is a registered and inspected Voluntary Adoption Agency.

If you were adopted through the British Adoption Project then please contact the Adoption Manager at Coram:

How to access adoption records

Since November 1975 all adopted people over the age of 18 have had the legal right to apply for information to enable them to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate as well as find out which agency had arranged their adoption, and access their adoption records, including information about their origins and family background.

In December 2005, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 was fully implemented and made some major changes to the adoption legislation. Adopted people continue to have rights to access information about their adoption under the Act, which also gave birth relatives and adopted people the right to request an intermediary service

For more information you can visit the Adoption Search & Reunion website at 

Preventing contact (registering a wish for no contact or a veto)

Adopted adults can now register a wish for ‘no contact’ on the Adoption Contact Register which is held by the Registrar General. However you can also register a Veto – either absolute or qualified with the agency that holds your adoption records, also known as the Appropriate Adoption Agency.  Registering a Veto can restrict and or prevent contact from intermediaries acting on behalf of your birth relatives.

For further information about registering a wish for no contact or Vetoes you can also visit the Adoption Search & Reunion website at

Adoption Search & Reunion website

The Adoption Search & Reunion website, contains a wide range of useful information and guidance on what to do at various stages of your search for adoption records and for your birth parents and other relatives. For further details, please visit: