Will the child have contact with his or her birth family?

Posted on: 23 June 2013

All children who are adopted have some form of contact with their birth family. In the vast majority of cases this is indirect contact, often called letterbox contact which is usually once or twice a year. 

In some circumstances, where siblings have had to be separated, there will be a plan for face-to-face contact between them several times a year or perhaps there have been grandparents who were important to the child who may want to see them occasionally. 

Face-to-face or direct contact with birth parents is quite rare, but all contact plans are put together on a case-by-case basis and with the child’s needs at the centre – they need to be flexible and change with time as the child’s needs develop. 

You will be fully supported with whatever contact plan is felt to be appropriate for your child.

Read more about birth family contact.