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NORCAP'S Foundling Group is co-ordinated by Sandra Webster, a 48-year- old mother -of-three who is herself a foundling. The group offers emotional support,help with searching for information like original files and newspaper cuttings,along with registration on the NORCAP Contact Register. It also lobbies and campaigns. Sandra,for example,addressed a Government Select Committee on the Adoption Bill, 2001,on the need to decriminalise the act of abandoning a child.

The charity is the only port of call for foundlings wishing to try to trace their origins as the National Contact Register for adoptees at Smedley Hydro does not accept their registrations.

The group has about 100 members who have found great comfort in meeting others in the ``same boat''. Like,Elaine, some discover grainy old press photographs of themselves taken at the time when they were abandoned. Often that is usually all they ever do uncover. One member recently met the people who found her and for her that helped fill in the gaps, says Sandra.

About five babies a year are abandoned in Britain and unlike in the past,everything that is with them when they were found is kept for when they get older. There will also be a picture of where they were found and the people who found the baby are asked to write a letter about how it happened.

``It is a very difficult thing to get your head around,'' says Sandra.``That you were left. But it will also be a traumatic thing for a mother to go through for the rest of her life,not knowing what has has happened to her baby.''

NORCAP can be contacted on 01865-875000, Weekdays 10 am -4pmor email:
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2003
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