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    The following information was received from Thailand and will be of interest to families with children adopted from Thailand and Social Workers & Agencies interested in the Thai Adoption program:

    Invitation to attend the meeting of the 9th Nativeland Visit Program Project

    Itinerary of the meeting on Adoption

    Social Worker Registration Form

    Adoptive Families Registration Form

    Please see attached information from Barnardos for those who are exploring adoption and information on post adoption services.

    We're letting you know about the workshops and courses Barnardos are planning over the next few months. Information and online registration is below:

    CORK

    Support Group for Adoptive Parents- Cork When: Thursday 23rd May 2019, 10:00 am- 12 noon Venue: SMA Wilton Parish Community Centre Suitable for: Adoptive parents

    More details & booking

    The Different Parts of Me- Cork When: Thursday 20th June 2019, 11:00 am- 1:30 pm Venue: SMA Wilton Parish Community Centre Suitable for: Adopted teens 13-15 years old

    More details & booking

    Raising Adopted Teenagers- Cork When: Thursday 26th September 2019, 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm Venue: SMA Wilton Parish Community Centre Suitable for: Adoptive parents

    More details & booking

    Let’s Think About Adoption- Cork When: Wednesday 30th October 2019, 11:00 am- 1:30 pm Venue: SMA Wilton Parish Community Centre Suitable for: Adopted children aged 8-11 (and parents together)

    More details & booking

    GALWAY

    Support Group for Adoptive Parents- Galway When: Wednesday 15th May 2019, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm Venue: Barnardos, “The Sanctuary”, 27 Chois Chlair, Claregalway Suitable for: Adoptive parents

    More details & booking

    The Different Parts of Me- Galway When: Thursday 22nd August 2019, 11:00 am- 1:30 pm Venue: Barnardos, “The Sanctuary”, 27 Chois Chlair, Claregalway Suitable for: Adopted teens 13-15 years old

    More details & booking

    Helping Children Understand Birth Information- Galway When: Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm Venue: Barnardos, “The Sanctuary”, 27 Chois Chlair, Claregalway Suitable for: Adoptive parents

    More details & booking

    DUBLIN

    Exploring Adoption- Dublin When: Thursdays 5th, 12th,19th and 26th September 2019, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 Suitable for: Adopted adults – either adopted in Ireland or abroad.

    More details & booking

    If you have any questions about these events, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us, via email or by calling 01 813 4100 (Barnardos Dublin Post Adoption Service)

    or 0212038005 (Barnardos Cork Post Adoption Service) or 091454489 (Barnardos Galway Post Adoption Service)

    All the best,

    Christine Hennessey
    Project Leader Barnardos Post Adoption Service

    Due to building works the offices of St Brigid’s Information and Tracing Service will be closed from Wednesday, 24 April 2019 and will re-open on Monday, 27 May 2019. Closure will affect both phone and email contacts. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

    St Brigid’s Information and Tracing Service:

    Accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland, St Brigid’s Information and Tracing Service began operations early in 2017. It provides a professional, free and confidential service to anyone associated with the former St Brigid’s adoption and fosterage agency.

    The social worker’s direct phone line is (01) 8520300

    Office is located in Aylward House, Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin, and was formerly in The Coombe, Iona Rd and in Eccles Street, all locations in Dublin.

    For further information about waiting times etc., please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Mari Gallagher’s book, Becoming a Mother: Reflections on Adoptive Parenthood, has been added to the Tusla South East region’s essential reading list for prospective adoptive parents and the Institute of Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (IICP) College Counselling and Psychotherapy degree reading list.

    In Becoming a Mother, Mari recounts her personal experience of intercountry adoption in Russia and Kazakhstan. Covering a broad range of aspects around adoption, including preparing for adoptive parenting and search and reunion, the book provides a mix of personal insight, views and theories from psychologists, authors, adoptive parents and adoptees, both in Ireland and overseas.

    You can purchase the book here: https://orpenpress.com/becoming-a-mother-reflections-on-adoptive-parenthood.html

    The following additional information was received from Thailand today, 10th May and will be of interest to families with children adopted from Thailand and Social Workers & Agencies interested in the Thai Adoption program.

    Thailand has extended the deadline for receiving registration documentation until 31st May 2019.

    An international Adoption Meeting has been scheduled for the 5th July for Agencies/Central Authorities and social workers to exchange information on the adoption process between Thailand and partner countries.

    Adoptive Families Registration Form here , Social Worker Registration Form here , Itinerary of 9th Nativeland (5-14th July) here, Itinerary of Meeting on Adoption here

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is seeking your opinions and those of the public to inform a review on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has committed to laying a report based on this review and consultation before the Oireachtas by November 2019.

    The Department has made available an online public questionnaire which can be found on the Department's website. The questionnaire seeks your views in relation to your personal or professional experiences of post-adoption contact and information-sharing, if any; your opinion about the benefits and difficulties involved in open or semi-open adoption; and your view on whether the State should provide for open/semi-open adoption and what form, if any, this provision should take. There is also space for you to share your general views in relation to the review.

    The survey is now live and will run until Friday June 7th 2019.

    By answering this short survey, you will provide valuable assistance to the Department in carrying out its review on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland.

    Please feel free to ring Paula Keatley on 01 647 3287 or to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

    The Adoption Authority of Ireland has approved the following charges in respect of services provided by Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency. The effective date of implementation is May 14th, 2019. Please see the notice from Helping Hands here.

    The next event that is planned is for children aged 7+ and teenagers on a day learning Bushcraft skills which is run by the Western Bushcraft Skills http://www.westernbushcraftskills.com/contact-us on Sunday 9th June 2019. Our plan is to split the group into two - children aged 7 - 12 and teenagers.

    During the day there will be a chance to do some shelter building, fire lighting, wild cooking, archery, orienteering and woodland games.

    The event is designed with activities that will provide a chance for the children and teenagers to meet up and make new friends while having loads of fun.

    It is recognised that it is very important for children to make friends with those that have a similar story. It has been the experience of other support groups that the children that built these friendships stood them in good stead over the years.

    Mary D Healy (ICCG) summaries the philosophy below:

    "There are a number of important lessons we have learned from the experiences of older adoptees in our community. One is that it can be a great support to meet others who share a similar story of adoption. In ICCG we have worked very hard over the last few years to develop networks and friendship opportunities for our young people as well as establishing mentoring opportunities. As adults we can promote the culture of the country of our children's birth but for the young people sometimes that in itself is a difference and so networking opportunities are fun, age specific and regionally and countrywide based.”

    It was successfully ran last year for children and their dads - I know all had a great time. We have a limited amount of spaces so book your space(s)

    If your child(ren) are interested in attending, please can you email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an invoice will be sent that can be paid through paypal.

    Following recent building works at their offices, St Brigid's Information and Tracing Services has reopened.

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