NEW hope is being given to people who were adopted to help them find out about their natural family.
A Search Service is being launched by independent voluntary organisation After Adoption Yorkshire, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
The service provides access to births, deaths and marriage registers from 1900 and electoral register information.
Lyndsey Marshall, manager of After Adoption Yorkshire, said: "We have found that it is important for people to know something about their origins and to be able to fill in the gaps about their background."
The Search Service is one of several initiatives being introduced by After Adoption Yorkshire to co-incide with National Adoption Week this week and the 10th anniversar.
After Adoption Yorkshire offers counselling, an intermediary service, mediation, support and training to people whose lives have been affected by personal experience of adoption.
At least one person in 10 in Britain is touched in some way by adoption.
The organisation has outreach bases in Huddersfield and Calderdale and 14 towns and cities across the county.
For more information about the Search Service call Lyndsey Marshall on 0113 278 6487.