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    11 May 2021

    PRESS RELEASE: Publication of Birth Information & Tracing Heads of Bill

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    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)

               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Social Work Unit)

    Forms for those seeking birth relatives:

    http://aai.gov.ie/images/PDFs/NACPR-APPLICATION-FORM-for-adopted-person-seeking-relative.pdf

    http://aai.gov.ie/images/PDFs/NACPR-APPLICATION-FORM-for-relative-seeking-adopted-person.pdf

    Mission Statement

    " To ensure the provision of the highest possible standards of adoption related services, throughout the lifelong adoption process, with the best interests of children as the first and paramount objective."

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