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The ease with which birth parents can use technology to get in touch with their children without warning and without following established safeguards has alarmed adoption agencies.

Families who have been contacted have described the experience as like being in a "slow motion car crash" leaving them "battered and bruised". Some families have been torn apart.

"Social networking sites have blown things open — you can’t keep things secret," said Julia Feast, consultant at the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), which campaigns for children in care.

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