Information for Birth Parents
You may be thinking about taking the first step towards contact with your son or daughter. We welcome any contact from birth parents seeking information on their adopted sons or daughters. Even if you are not ready for contact, you will have important medical information that we could share with your son or daughter. Many adopted people have no knowledge of their medical histories and this information can be of great benefit to an adopted person and their children.
There are two steps that you can take to begin the process
- Join the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. The contact register is a way of letting us know your wishes about contact with your son or daughter. Joining the Contact Register is voluntary and contact will only happen where both the adopted person and their birth relative wish to have contact. The Contact Register is not a tracing service, nothing happens unless the other person joins.
if you join the Contact Register we will check to see if we can connect you with your son or daughter. You do not have to have contact if you are not ready. At the moment there are lots more adopted people than birth parents on the Contact Register so we urge you to join if you are a birth parent. If you are unsure of the details of your son or daughter's birth, please contact us so that we can talk to you. We also understand you may have placed more than one child for adoption. Please get in touch so we can help you search or put information on the file.
Click here for more information about the National Adoption Contact Preference Register and application forms
- Contact the agency who placed your son or daughter for adoption. To begin a search you will need to contact the adoption agency which dealt with your child's adoption and ask them to assist you in tracing your child. If you know the name of the agency you can contact them directly. If you are unsure or don’t know you can ask us for this information. If you do not wish to get in touch with the agency, please talk to us so we can help you and talk about an alternative service. Many of the adoption agencies are closed and the records for the majority of them have been transferred to other bodies such as Tusla - The Child and Family Agency. You can check their website to see if they are holding the records for the agency you are looking for www.tusla.ie.
If you are unsure or do not know the name of the agency please contact the Information and Tracing Unit, Adoption Authority, by email or letter and attach a copy of your identification, and we will write back to you with the name of the agency and their contact details.
Information for other family members
If you are nor a birth parent but you believe a family member was adopted and you would like to provide information for them or would like to make contact with them, when you contact us you will need to provide your own identification and evidence of your connection with the person you are seeking.