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New rules could help trace relatives

PUBLISHED: 21:48 08 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:46 02 March 2010

MANY Suffolk people will be able to benefit from today's announcement to open the floodgates for adopted people to track down their birth parents.

Under the Government's draft regulations and guidelines, adults who were adopted and parents who gave children up will be able to look to the Adoption Support Agencies for help to find their blood relatives from September 2005.

MANY Suffolk people will be able to benefit from today's announcement to open the floodgates for adopted people to track down their birth parents.

Under the Government's draft regulations and guidelines, adults who were adopted and parents who gave children up will be able to look to the Adoption Support Agencies for help to find their blood relatives from September 2005.

One Ipswich woman who could benefit is Rosie Miller who is trying to track down her son who she gave up for adoption more than 20 years ago.

Little Steven Harvey was just 18 months old when Miss Miller last saw him and now she is trying to fit the jigsaw pieces of her life back together.

She believes Steven's adoptive parents may have lived in the countryside.

He would now be 24-years old and she has not seen him since he was adopted.

Miss Miller was living in Grove Lane at the time and is currently in contact with Social Services to see if they can help her.

She said: "I just want to know what Steven looks like - I could bump into him anywhere and not know it was him.

"It is really important for me to find him - Steven may not want to know me but I need to know I have done everything I can to find him."

She knows little of her own family background other than that she was born in Scotland. Her parents, James and Margaret both died when she was young.

Now at 41 years old, Miss Miller is keen to try and track down the rest of her family.

She does have two brothers called Glen and David and has not been in contact with them for several years and also two twin half brothers called Beresford and David who she would also like to track down.

Miss Miller said: "I just want the chance of maybe meeting my family one day."

Minister for Children Margaret Hodge announced a four-month consultation period designed to ensure that the Government receives advice from all those involved in the issue on how the agencies should operate and also said that a registered Adoption Support Agency will be prohibited from giving information about people without their consent.

Neither party will be allowed to make initial contact directly.

The consultation period closes on July 31. Copies of today's consultation document are available from the Department for Education and Skills website at www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations.

n. If you have any information for Rosie Miller contact the Evening Star newsroom on 01473 324790.

n. Are you adopted or have you had a child adopted? What do you think of today's announcement? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.


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