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    • PRESS RELEASE: Publication of Birth Information & Tracing Heads of Bill
      11 May 2021
      PRESS RELEASE: Publication of Birth Information & Tracing Heads of Bill

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland warmly welcomes the publication of the long-awaited draft Birth Information & Tracing legislation by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth today.

      As the state’s regulator for adoption and custodian of a significant number of adoption files and records, including all adoption files from the enactment of the first adoption legislation in 1953, the Adoption Authority believes this is the right time and it is correct to give adoptees their birth certificates, early life information and - critically - medical information.

      The Authority welcomes the retention of the National Adoption Contact Preference Register operated by Authority since 2005 with over 12,000 unique applicants on the register seeking information about and in some instances contact with family of origin relatives.

      Over the coming months, the Authority will work closely with the Department to ensure its readiness to provide information to those seeking birth certificates and other early life information.

      The Authority holds over 70,000 adoption files and records and is delighted that the bill provides for the Authority becoming a designated ‘Place of Deposit’ under the National Archives Act.

      For comment, please contact CEO Patricia Carey

      01 230 9329 | 086 830 1228 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Support and tracing services are available from the Adoption Authority:

      Web:   https://aai.gov.ie/

      Post:   PO Box 9957

                 Dublin D04 H6F6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

      Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Information & Tracing Unit)

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      Forms for those seeking birth relatives:



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    • Vacancy: Clerical Officer - Information & Tracing
      04 May 2021
      Vacancy: Clerical Officer - Information & Tracing

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland is recruiting a Clerical Officer to work in the Information and Tracing Department. The Authority is working with Lex Consultancy for this post.

      All applications should be made directly to Lex. Your application (CV and cover letter) must be submitted online in ONE Word document to Lex Consultancy at:


      For further details about this competition, please click here.

      To read the Candidate Information Booklet, please click here.

      The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 14th May 2021.

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    • Authorised Person Role with the Adoption Authority of Ireland
      30 Apr 2021
      Authorised Person Role with the Adoption Authority of Ireland

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland is seeking applications from persons interested in fulfilling the role of Authorised Person as it pertains to adoption applications.

      Sections 26 to 29 of the Adoption Act 2020 relate to consent in adoptions. The sections establish that consent must be given freely and those giving their consent must be fully informed and understand the legal implications of giving their consent. The Act allows the Authority to authorise certain persons to act on their behalf to ensure compliance with these requirements. The Authority refers to such persons as 'Authorised Persons'.

      There are procedures in place for the Authorised Person to carry out this role and these will be fully explained to successful applicants. In summary, the Authorised Person will be required to meet with a party to an adoption application whose consent is required for the application to proceed. They will meet in private to discuss consent and the Authorised Person will arrange to complete a statutory form with the relevant party. The Authorised Person also signs this form and brings it before a notary public, commissioner for oaths, or solicitor and attests that in their professional view the person they have met with fully understands the legal implications of the consent and their legal rights in respect of this. The completed form is returned to Tusla who will submit it to the Adoption Authority with the actual consent forms as part of the adoption application.

      The Authority wishes to set up a panel of Authorised Persons with as wide a geographic spread as possible. The number of consultations required can vary greatly year to year; therefore the Authority cannot guarantee that all Authorised Persons will be called upon. This will depend on numbers and geographic locations of the relevant parties.


      Applicants must:

      • Hold a recognised legal or social work qualification;
      • Have legal or social work experience in adoption;
      • Be available to travel to meet relevant parties;
      • Be willing to swear or attest legal documents.


      This is a critical and highly sensitive role. All successful applicants must undergo Garda Vetting before being appointed and will be subject to vetting at regular intervals in line with Adoption Authority policies. 


      Payment is made at a rate of €70 per consultation, plus reimbursement of verified travel expenses or relevant legal fees incurred while carrying out the role.


      Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter. The letter should set out clearly how the applicant fulfills the requirements for the role.

      The CV and cover letter should be submitted by email only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 12 noon on Friday 21st May 2021. Please include 'Authorised Person Application' in the subject line of the email. 

      Further information about the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Adoption Acts can be found at www.aai.gov.ie


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