Nicola Carr & Maureen Carr
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Birth families traced on social networking websites

If you were adopted or fostered as a child, it can take months or even years of effort to trace your birth family. But now social networking websites are increasingly being used to short-circuit the process.

Maureen Carr and her adopted daughter, Nicola told BBC Breakfast about their initial shock when Nicola was approached online by her natural sister which led to her now having contact with her birth mother.

Julie Feast from the charity, The British Association for Adoption and Fostering explains about how the process of meeting birth families is highly emotional and needs careful handling.