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"It’s right that descendants and other relatives of adopted adults are able to access important information, such as medical records or genetic health conditions, which could impact upon how they live their life today.Julia Feast OBE, from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) said:
They should also be able to find out about important events from their past, as well as make contact with family members if they wish.
This positive change will help thousands of people discover their place in history, while keeping important safeguards in place to protect the right to a private family life for those who were adopted."
"The British Association for Adoption and Fostering is delighted that the government’s consultation about extending intermediary services to descendants of adopted people has now been published.The Government has now announced plans to introduce a £19.3 million fund to help adopted children settle into their new families by accessing crucial support services as and when they need it, and has extended entitlements so that adopted children have access to priority school admissions, the pupil premium and eligibility for free early education for 2 year olds.
We are very pleased that the government has extended the rights of descendants and other relatives to access an intermediary service whilst ensuring that the adopted person’s rights are not overlooked and will be at the centre of the decision making. Today’s announcement [25 September 2014] is just the latest milestone in the government’s plan to overhaul support for adopted families."
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