I am pregnant, where can I get information about adoption?

Please see our section on Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption. If your question is not answered in this section please call the Social Work Duty line 01 2309 306.

How do I tell my child they are adopted?

Forming your family through adoption will have been a very personal matter and life-changing journey and experience for your family. How to talk to your child about their adoption is one of the most common questions asked and there is no single answer. Parents talking with their children have used different methods. Talking with other families who have experience of adoption has been useful for some people to gather ideas on how to tell, while retaining their child's personal information solely for the child. Using memorabilia, photos, documents, videos, books and facts generally interwoven into the family's direct experience is also commonly used. Giving children factual and truthful information appropriate to their age and development in a sensitive manner is important.

Many people find it helpful to talk with other parents who have adopted. Join a support group or speak to a social worker experienced in this area. Appropriate supports will assist your reflection and decision-making process around what will work for your family in the context of your individual experience and the facts of the adoption.

You can also contact your local adoption social worker or you can speak to one of the Adoption Authority social work team, telephone 01 2309 306 to discuss your family's experience of adoption and for assistance in how to tell your child about their birth circumstances.

People have a right to base their identity on factual information. Therefore your phone call to the social worker about this matter is of fundamental importance to you and to your child.

I was adopted, how do I find my birth family?

There are a number of steps you can take to begin this process. Please see the National Adoption Contact Preference Register page on this website.

I placed my child for adoption, how can I find out how my child is doing?

There are a number of steps you can take to begin this process. Please see the National Adoption Contact Preference Register page on this website

How can I adopt a child in Ireland?

To adopt a child in Ireland, contact your local Tusla - Child and Family Agency Adoption Service.  Your local Tusla office will advise you on all aspects of adoption and fostering in Ireland. You can also find some information in the Domestic Adoption section of this website

How can I adopt a child internationally?

To adopt a child abroad, contact your local Tusla - Child and Family Agency Adoption Service.  Your local Tusla office will advise you on the process involved.  You can also find information in the Intercountry Adoption section of this website

Published: Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:41
Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:26