I've lost touch with someone

and am not sure what to do

Perhaps you’ve lost touch with someone you care about and are worried about them, or are wondering where they are or what happened to them.

There are lots of reasons why you might no longer be in contact like family issues, an argument, or someone simply moved away and you’ve lost track of where they are.

We've compiled information which might be useful to you if you're trying to find someone you've lost touch with.

If you need to talk anything through, you can call or text our free helpline 116 000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're here 24 hours a day. 

Please note: A disappearance should be reported to the police immediately if the person’s safety is believed to be compromised. Call 999 if you believe someone is at risk or in danger or harm.

There are organisations which specialise in dealing with cases where someone has been adopted or fostered, including:

BAAF: (British Agency for Adoption and Fostering)

Now under the aegis of the Coram charity, BAAF can help with issues and tracing concerning adoption and fostering.  https://corambaaf.org.uk

International Social Services: 

International Social Service is for relatives of people missing overseas can help with adoptees and others seeking contact with birth parents and vice versa.

Web: www.iss-ssi.org

The Adoption Contact Register,

The register is available at the General Register Office, contains a record of every person who has been adopted through a court in England or Wales. They might be able to help with information on applying for adoption certificates, receiving information on original birth details and advice on making contact with adopted people and their relatives. They can also register an interest in wanting to be found (by both parties).

TALK adoption

TALK adoption is an organisation supporting young people up to the age of 25 who are adoptees, their siblings, friends or birth parents. Advice is given on tracing relatives, rights, birth identity etc.


For further information and guidance on the issues addressed on this web page, or for support relating to any aspect of someone going missing, call Missing People’s free and confidential 24 hour helpline on 116 000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst this information has been provided in good faith, it should not be taken as legal advice. For information tailored to your circumstances, please contact your police force, solicitor or an advisory organisation as appropriate to your query.