Julia Feast OBE, MA, AASW, CQSW

Julia Feast OBE, is an Independent Consultant, specializing in the life-long issues of being adopted, in care and donor-conceived.  In the past she has worked as the Policy, Research and Development Consultant for CoramBAAF and BAAF, and managed the post-adoption and care counselling research project, The Children’s Society, worked as a local authority social worker and team manager, and also as a children’s guardian and reporting officer. She is an experienced social worker, trainer and researcher. She has particular interest in the identity and information rights and needs of adopted people, adult care leavers and donor conceived people. She is a member of the Birth Registration Campaign Group and the Access to Care Records Campaign Group as well as the South East Post Adoption Network. Julia has been a member of PROGAR for 20 years

Selected Publications


Feast J & Jordon L, (2014) Access to Information for Adult Care Leavers – A guide for social workers and access to records officers. London: Coram BAAF.

Feast J, Grant, M, Rushton, A & Simmonds, J (2013) Adversity, Adoption and Afterwards - A mid-life follow-up study of women adopted from Hong Kong: London, CoramBAAF

Goddard J, Feast J & Kirton D (2005) A Childhood on Paper: Accessing the Child-care Files of Former Looked After Children in the UK. University of Bradford.

Triseliotis J, Feast J & Kyle F (2005) The Adoption Triangle Revisited: A Study of Adoption, Search and Reunion Experiences. London: BAAF.

Feast J & Hundleby M (2005) Directory of Intermediary Support Services in England and Wales for Birth Relatives. London: BAAF.

Feast J & Philpot T (2003) Searching Questions – Identity Origins and Adoption. London: BAAF.

Trinder L, Feast J & Howe D (2003) The Adoption Reunion Handbook. Chichester: Wiley.

Howe D & Feast J (2000) Adoption, Search and Reunion: The Long Term Experience of Adopted Adults. London: The Children’s Society (reprinted 2003, London: BAAF)

Feast J, Seabrook S, Marwood M & Webb E (1994) Preparing for Reunion. London: The Children’s Society. (Revised edn 1998)

Articles and Chapters

Kirton D, Feast J & Goddard J (2011). The use of discretion in a ‘Cinderella’ service: Data protection and access to child-care files for post-care adults. British Journal of Social Work 41(5): 912-930.

Feast J, Kyle F & Triseliotis J (2011) Adoptive fathers’ experience of search and reunion. Adoption and Fostering Journal 35(1): 57-64.

Feast J (2010) Access to information, progress and perils. Adoption and Fostering Journal 34(3) 74-79.

Feast J (2010) ‘Infertility and adoption: The search for birth parents and the impact on adult family relationships’, Chapter 12. In Crawshaw M and Balen R (eds) Adopting after Infertility – Messages from Practice, Research and Personal Experience, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Feast J (2009) Identity and continuity: adults’ access to and need for information about their history and identity’, chapter 23 in Child Placement Handbook. London: BAAF.

Feast J (2009) Birth registration - A time of change. ChildRight Journal April: 21-25.

Feast J (2003) Using and not losing the messages from the adoption experience for donor-assisted conception. Human Fertility 6(1): 41-45.

Feast J (2003) Donor-assisted conception: What can we learn from adoption?’ Chapter 5 in Singer D & Hunter M (eds) Assisted Human Reproduction: Psychological and Ethical Dilemmas London: WURR. 

Feast J &Howe D (2003) Open adoption records, the human rights of adopted people and discrimination: the case of Odievre v France.  European Journal of Social Work 7(1): 25-42.