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    • HSE announces extended Counselling Supports for those affected by Illegal Birth Registrations
      04 Mar 2021
      HSE announces extended Counselling Supports for those affected by Illegal Birth Registrations

      HSE Media Release: 3 March 2021

      Evidence of illegal registration records from St. Patrick's Guild was previously announced in May 2018 by the then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. An independent analysis of adoption records held in the custody of the State [Tusla and the Adoption Authority of Ireland] was carried out to find if the practice of illegal registration took place in other Irish adoption services.

      A  number of support options are in place for anyone impacted, including the HSE's National Counselling Service (NCS). Established in 2000, the HSE's National Counselling Service has over 20 years of experience providing counselling and psychotherapy to a wide range of clients across the country. The National Counselling Service, which is available from Monday to Friday (9 - 5pm), can be offered by telephone, online through secure video and where possible Counsellors can also facilitate some face to face appointments.

      The HSE also funds Connect Counselling, which provides an anonymous telephone support service (1800 477 477) available to former residents of Mother & Baby Homes or anyone affected by illegal birth registrations. Connect is available 7 days a week from 6pm - 10pm. The Barnardos Post Adoption helpline, 01 454 6388, is also available daily to reach out and access the help that is available.

      The HSE Live team can provide information on supports and can also help with details on how to access the National Counselling Service. They can be contacted on 1800 817 517, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The HSE would encourage anyone who has been impacted or needs support to reach out and access the help that is available. 

      Information on counselling supports and contact details can be found on the HSE website here

      There are an estimated 150,000 adoption records in existence and, of these, approximately 100,000 are currently in the custody of the State, for example in the possession of either Tusla, the Child and Family Agency or the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

      The review is focused on those records in the custody of the State and a targeted sampling exercise in being carried out in the first instance owing to the volume of records involved.

      More details can be found on www.gov.ie

       

       

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    • Transfer of Records from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
      04 Mar 2021
      Transfer of Records from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

      NOTICE From the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

      gov.ie - Transfer of records from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation (www.gov.ie)

      On 28 February 2021, with the dissolution of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth ("the Department") became the data controller for all the personal data contained in the records and databases (including those of the Confidential Committee) that transferred from the Commission. The Commission has now dissolved, in accordance with relevant legislation.

      The Department is now responsible for the maintenance and storage of these records. It is also responsible for fulfilling data subject rights, including the right of access to personal data (for example, by former residents of the institutions examined by the Commission).

      If you would like to access your personal data, we request that you fill out the Subject Access Request form below and email this to the following address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have queries or other requests, you can also email this address and we will revert to you as soon as possible. The Department has submitted its Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) to the Data Protection Commission in respect of the full transfer of the Commission of Investigation material. The Department hopes to publish the relevant sections of the DPIA on its website shortly and to add other material that will be of interest to members of the public. 

      For further details, publications and links, please visit gov.ie - Transfer of records from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation (www.gov.ie)

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    • Illegal Birth Registration Advice and Support
      03 Mar 2021
      Illegal Birth Registration Advice and Support

      If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates documentary, Who Am I, support is available. 

      For advice and support contact Barnardos on (01) 454 6388 from 9.30am - 4.30pm Tuesday to Thursday or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

      For adoption queries, contact Tusla - Child & Family Agency on freephone 1800 80 56 65 from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday. 

      For adoption information and tracing services, contact Tusla on (01) 771 8500 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

      If you seeking access to personal information from the records of the Mother & Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, which have transferred to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) is currently receiving a large volume of contacts.

      In addition, although out offices are open, on-site attendance by staff is reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions.

      We will acknowledge all correspondence and inquiries and ask for patience in providing a full response to every request.

      For AAI Information and Tracing services, contact (01) 230 9300 option 3,

      or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

      For AAI Social Work services, contact (01) 230 9306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

       

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