Adopted children should remain close to birth families, study suggests

Adoption law should be overhauled to ensure children can retain close contact with their birth families, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has said following the findings of an academic study.

 Professor Featherstone said adopted children usually go searching for their birth parents when they reach 18 and it can “store up trouble” if they haven’t had previous contact. 

A review into the role of social workers in adoptions, commissioned by BASW, criticised the current practice of denying children close contact with their birth families.

The review, carried out by academics at the University of Huddersfield and Royal Holloway University of London, said that severing ties with birth families can have a detrimental effect on children’s emotional wellbeing and can lead to identity issues. 

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