Searching for relatives is a natural and common desire for both adopted people and natural parents. However, searching for and making contact with a relative, where this is possible, can be a complex and sensitive process. Reconnecting can bring joy and relief; however, it may bring further rejection and loss. It is an intensely emotional experience and can trigger trauma-related issues. The nature of contact and quality of relationships can have a significant bearing on the well-being of those involved. 

Sensitively delivered support and relevant information regarding specific issues that may arise can make a difference to how these issues impact upon individuals and their families. VANISH’s Reasons for searching and making contact suggests some things to consider during the search and potential contact and reunion stages. Please contact us  if you would like further support.