Adoption Services for Adults is run by people with many years of experience and plenty of expertise in searching and in working with adults affected by adoption.

Our Ofsted Report:

Ofsted Report

“I would like to highly recommend ASFA, the Intermediary service I received from Jean was outstanding. At all times, she was very professional, quick to respond and always made time to listen to me. I will always remember her kindness, understanding, words of wisdom and continued support through what was a lengthy, challenging and emotional experience. It really felt like she was on the journey with me, that I wasn't alone and it gave me strength. Being finally reunited with my birth mother has been wonderful for us both. I am so glad I looked for her. Thank you so much Jean”

-(Adopted person, 2019)

Jean was the only person who replied positively to my request for overseas & Skype assistance and helped me with obtaining my pre-1975 birth mothers name. 

All other agencies redirected me in circles, were unable or unwilling to help or just didn't bother responding at all. 

Jean was also incredibly helpful during the Skype call, providing a kind and much needed listening ear after a long time searching on my own. 

I would recommend Jean above all the other service providers without a shadow of doubt. 

(Adopted Adult, 2019)

My searches with ASFA were dealt with sympathetically, comprehensively, with a complete understanding of my anxieties and worries. Everything was methodically explained with no pressure to make quick decisions.  Everything was done perfectly.  Jean provided a service above and beyond what I expected.

I’m delighted to say, through Jean and her intermediary, my son and I are now in touch after 47 years.  I only wish a lot more people knew of your service, and could be reunited.  

-Birth Mother

The words 'thank you' seem inadequate for all you have given me in terms of finding my father's birth mother and settling my mind, but will say again an enormous and heartfelt thank you.
(A descendant of a deceased adopted adult, 2018)

- A descendant of an adopted adult

I have been through so many emotions over the last few months and still cannot believe that after 53 years of wondering and longing we have finally been reunited! 

I want to thank you so much for making this happen and for all your support.

-Birth Mother

An excellent and efficient service. Where the process was fully explained, at a reasonable cost. I found Jean to be very open, honest and generally a thoroughly nice person. Excellent communication and very regular updates, could not ask for a better intermediary service. So glad I did it and would recommend to anyone.!- A descendant of an adopted adult

Thank you for all you have done to bring us together.Still shedding 46 years of tears every time I talk about it but hopefully that will get better!”

-A birth mother

Lots of support, understanding and empathy throughout and knowing that I could contact you and / or the intermediary at any time with any concerns or worries / questions.
- A birth relative


“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful first class service. It was very encouraging to know that you were all 'rooting' for us throughout what we feel turned out to be a very rapid result. We hope you continue to get such marvellous results. If at any time in the future you wish to use our name as a recommendation in any situation, please feel free to do so. We cannot speak too highly of your service and the input of Linda Cherry. Keep up the good work.”

(Sister, 2017)

I would like a special mention and big thank you to Linda Cherry who was my intermediary. She was wonderful throughout. She kept me up to date, was enormously supportive and although sadly my sister passed away during the very early part of the search / contact, I was put in touch with a cousin and so could share so much of my sister’s life. Thank you all. I now feel that I have closure.

- A birth sister

These ladies did a terrific job of locating my son and being the intermediaries with a wonderful conclusion after 46 years. Keep up the great work, Keith
- A birth father

I would like to add that your professional, but friendly and sympathetic handling of what obviously was a very traumatic experience, helped me to come to terms with what had happened to my son. Thank you Jean.” Birth mother

Both the information given on the website and by the literature provided made it very clear what services were available and also what to expect. There were no hidden extras in cost. Jean presents herself as very professional and competent in dealing with issues surrounding adoption, which is exactly what she is.” Adopted adult

Clear explanations. Helpful approach. Prompt replies to questions. Really appreciated being kept up to date and informed
re the process of the search.” Birth father

All that is left is for me to thank you again for an excellent service and for finding my lovely sister.” Birth sister

The way you explained the process, and provided very useful context which helped manage my expectations hence I appreciated the possible difficulties and disappointments before embarking on the process. Very helpful as well to just be able to commit to stage one initially. I felt in safe hands and having been strongly referred to you, I am particularly grateful to the referrer!” Birth brother

Directly to adopted adults and birth relatives of adopted adults:

Searching, Tracing and Intermediary services:

This is when someone applies for contact to be made with a relative lost through adoption.

The person making the contact on your behalf has to be registered with Ofsted

Contact us

Adoption Services for Adults
PO Box 4621
Tel: 01628 481954

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What people say

‘Being reunited with my son has ended 25 years of worry and anxiety ….. I feel happier than I ever remember being.’ A birth mother from Leighton Buzzard

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