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    • Information and Tracing Services under the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 open from today
      03 Oct 2022
      Information and Tracing Services under the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 open from today

      Today, 03 October 2022, Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, TD., along with the Adoption Authority of Ireland, and the Child and Family Agency, Tusla welcomed the launch of the new Information and Tracing services established under the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022.

      This landmark Act, signed into law earlier this year, provides a full and clear right of access to birth certificates, birth and early life information for all persons who were adopted, boarded out, the subject of an illegal birth registration or who otherwise have questions in relation to their origins. Additionally, it allows for access to information by a child of a relevant person where their parent has died, and for access by the next of kin of a child who died in an institution.

      From today the new law establishes a robust tracing service. The tracing service will enable affected persons and those connected to them to actively seek contact or share information. The Act also introduced a wide range of new bespoke measures to address issues arising for people affected by illegal birth registration. A broad spectrum of counselling and support is available, on request, to persons affected. All of these services will be free of charge for applicants. 

      Applications can now be made for access to birth, early life, care and medical information and for tracing services. Information requests can be made to the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla through the bespoke website www.birthinfo.ie.  All information falling within the categories of information defined in the Act must be released, without exception, where it exists. 

      It is important to note that the Contact Preference Register, also established through this legislation and managed by the Adoption Authority of Ireland, remains open to applications and will continue to do so.

      More information on the Act, the services it establishes and the persons eligible to use them, is available at www.birthinfo.ie.

      Speaking about the opening of the new services, the Minister said:

      “I welcome the opening of applications for birth information and tracing services through the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla. I am acutely aware of the long and difficult road so many had to travel to get to this point. I am pleased and thankful though, that the day has arrived where people can with certainty and confidence access what is rightfully theirs. I wish to thank all those who campaigned for this change, and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Adoption Authority and Tusla in bringing this into operation.”

      Speaking about the opening of the new services, Adoption Authority of Ireland CEO Patricia Carey said:

      This is a historic moment. The new birth information and tracing services are about bringing comfort and understanding to the many families in Ireland who have been touched by adoption. They are about providing thousands of adopted people with information that they’ve wanted for a very long time – information that was always their own but which only now they are legally entitled to receive. They are also about helping individuals and families to connect, to share information and make contact with birth relatives who wish to do the same.

      I urge anyone seeking guidance about how to apply for their birth information, how to request a tracing service, or how to add their details to the Contact Preference Register to visit the Birth Information and Tracing website at www.birthinfo.ie.”

       

      Speaking about the opening of the new services, Siobhan Mugan, National Manager - adoption and birth information and tracing services at Tusla, said:

      “With our colleagues in the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the support of the Minister and his Department, we have advocated for this legislation for many years. To that end, we look forward to implementing it and have actively planned for today by putting the additional resources we need in place to provide information and tracing services on a statutory basis to people who wish to receive a service.

      We have recruited additional staff for our contact and support centre, who will help people with their information and tracing requests. We have also put in place small, dedicated locally based teams across the country to provide information to people, and we have enhanced our tracing services which will support people in getting timely and efficient access to tracing a relative, including genealogical support when that service is needed.”

       

      Notes to editor:

      Ø   The Birth Information and Tracing legislation was signed into law by the President on 30 June 2022.

      Ø  The Contact Preference Register was established, and opened to applications in July. It can be accessed on birthinfo.ie.  Applications may be made to the Contact Preference Register by those wishing to make contact, to request privacy, or to seek or share information with a relative.

      Ø  A Public Information Campaign, with a national and international focus, launched in July to let people know of the important changes to the law, and included a national household information booklet drop. Information booklets were also shared with libraries, citizens information centres, nursing homes, and prisons.

      Ø  Information and Tracing services are now open to applications. Applications can be made through www.birthinfo.ie.

      Ø  Applications for information can be made by persons who were adopted, boarded out or nursed out, subject to an illegal birth registration, or resided as a child in a mother and baby home or county home institution. For the first time these people will have a clear right of access to their full birth certificates, and birth, early life, care, and medical information.

      Ø  The Tracing service will enable affected persons and their relatives to actively search for each other, either for contact, or to request or share information, including vital medical information. 

       

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    • Intercountry Adoption Focus Group-Recruitment beginning mid-October 2022
      28 Sep 2022
      Intercountry Adoption Focus Group-Recruitment beginning mid-October 2022

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland’s research unit is recruiting for a research study with internationally adopted people.

      This would involve participating in one online focus group, and completing a brief questionnaire. The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences and views of people who were adopted into Ireland from another country. We hope to understand more about the experiences of this group from adolescence through to adulthood, and to give them a way to voice their views about adoption and reflect on childhood experiences growing up in Ireland. We also want to find out about what, if any, support(s) they feel would be useful to internationally adopted people.

      Recruitment will commence in mid-October 2022. Please keep an eye on the AAI website for more information. For any queries, or to pre-register your interest in the study, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

       

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    • MORE THAN 16,000 ADOPTED PERSONS AND BIRTH PARENTS SEEKING TO MAKE  CONTACT UNDER NEW BIRTH INFORMATION & TRACING ACT
      22 Sep 2022
      MORE THAN 16,000 ADOPTED PERSONS AND BIRTH PARENTS SEEKING TO MAKE CONTACT UNDER NEW BIRTH INFORMATION & TRACING ACT

      Press Release: 22 September 2022

      • 2, 174 people have registered contact preferences since enactment of landmark legislation
      • County by county breakdown of applicants
      • Birth information and tracing services start on October 3

      A total of 16, 634 adopted persons, birth parents, and other relatives have now registered with the Adoption Authority of Ireland to state their preferences about making contact with birth relatives.

      Latest figures show that 2,174 people have joined the new Contact Preference Register (CPR), which was established on July 1 as part of the enactment of the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022. The CPR replaces the old National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR), on which 14, 460 people were registered.

      The Birth Information and Tracing Act provides legal entitlement, where available, to full and unrestricted access to birth certificates, birth, early life, care, and medical information for any person who was adopted, boarded out, had their birth illegally registered, or who otherwise has questions in relation to their origins. The new law also creates a statutory service for those affected by adoption who are seeking to make contact with birth relatives. 

      Services under the Birth Information and Tracing Act are provided free of charge and will be available from October 3rd.

      Persons wishing to make contact, to request privacy, or to seek or share information with a birth relative, can register their preferences via an application to the CPR, which is operated by the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Persons who registered with the old NACPR - which was established in 2005 - will have their preferences migrated to the new register, bringing to 16, 634 the total number of people on the CPR.

      Of the 2, 174 applications submitted to the CPR since July 1st, 1, 922 are from adopted persons, 236 are from birth parents and other relatives, and 18 are illegal birth registration applicants. Of the applications, 1, 743 have come from Ireland, 119 from the UK, 49 from the USA, and 245 from people in other countries around the world.

      Dublin is the county with the most applicants, followed by Cork, and then Kildare. The county with the fewest applicants is Leitrim. (NB: Please see appendix with breakdown of applicants by county).

      On the CPR, 145 people (97 adoptees and 48 birth relatives) have expressed a wish to have no contact - all other applicants are willing to share information or are seeking contact at some level. Of those migrating from the old NACPR, 248 people registered to have no contact. 

      The CPR will remain open after birth information and tracing services begin, allowing people to register or update their preferences at any stage. Applications can be made at www.birthinfo.ie 

      Adoption Authority CEO Patricia Carey said: "People in Ireland who were adopted, boarded out or had their birth information illegally registered have waited a very long time to gain access to their own information. Finally, from October 3, they will be able to apply for and receive unredacted information about their birth and early years. 

      "The Adoption Authority and our colleagues in Tusla look forward to providing this information and helping people establish contact with their birth families through the new tracing services. 

      "There has been an incredible response to the public information campaign around this landmark legislation. To have more than 2, 000 people register their preferences on the new Contact Preference Register in just 11 weeks shows how important and much anticipated these new services are for those affected by adoption.

      "Including the preferences of those on the old National Adoption Contact Preference Register that have been migrated, there are now more than 16, 000 people on the new CPR and we are better placed than ever to help facilitate contact and reunions between family members who wish it".

      "The focus is now switching to delivering information and tracing services, but the CPR will remain open. Anyone who wants to register or update their contact preferences can so so at any time by visiting www.birthinfo.ie and filling out an online application form". 

      *Free counselling services for birth parents or relevant persons affected are now available. Applications can be made by contacting Tusla at 0818 44 55 00 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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      For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

      Craig McKechnie | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | +353 (0)87 621 8839

      Richard Burke | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | +353 (0)86 816 7822

      NOTES FOR EDITORS

      Breakdown of applications to the new Contact Preference Register (CPR) to September 16:

      County-by-county breakdown of new applications to Contact Preference Register (CPR) and previous applications to old National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR):

      About the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022

      • The Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 ensures, for the first time, that 'a relevant person' (adopted person, person who was, or suspects they were, boarded our, nursed out or resident in a Mother and Baby Home or County Home, and persons whose birth was illegally registered, or they suspect their birth was illegally registered) can now apply for their birth certificate, birth, early life, care and medical information. Any items left for the relevant person such as letters, photographs and mementoes can also be applied for. 
      • This means that adopted people and others will be able to have records that show their name at birth, birthplace, and date, as well as their parents' names, dates of birth and other details. Any records related to their health including details of vaccinations will also be provided. 
      • People affected by the issues under the legislation are invited to register their contact preference or complete a new application to update an existing contact preference, on the new Contact Preference Register. If a person is eligible to register a preference, it's important to do so before the Information Service opens for applications on October 3rd 2022. Contact preferences can still be registered after that date. However, when an application for information is received, only preferences recorded on the register at that point in time can be used by relevant persons - parents,  adoptive parents, birth relatives, other genetic relatives, or those who were carers in relation to a relevant person - to enable contact or the sharing or requesting of contemporaneous information. 
      • Where the relevant person has died, their son or daughter will have the same right to information that relates to their parent, if the relevant person's parents (i.e. the applicants's grandparents) are also deceased. A next of kind can also apply for access if the relevant person died while resident as a child in a Mother and Baby or County Home Institution.
      • In cases where a mother chooses to have no contact, this will not prevent her identity from being shared, but her right and wish not to be contacted will be communicated. 
      • In cases where a mother chooses to have no contact, this will not stop adopted persons meeting or engaging with other family members, such as siblings or half siblings. 
      • A preference for no contact only gives the Authority the remit to communicate the preference and inform relevant persons of their parents wish for privacy. It does not prohibit other actions under the Act.

      ADOPTION AUTHORITY OF IRELAND

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) is the central authority for adoption in Ireland. Established under the Adoption Act 2010, the Authority operates as an independent body under the aegis of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY). The Authority's functions include those of an operational, judicial, and quasi-judicial nature in relation to the adoption process as provided for under the Act, but also relating to the Authority's designation as the Central Authority for the 1993 Hague Convention of the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. In addition, the Authority has registration and regulatory functions for all adoption related matters in Ireland. 

       

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