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    Information and Tracing
    *****Covid 19 Update: Barnardos Post Adoption Service*****
    Barnardos Post Adoption Service is continuing to offer their services throughout the current health crisis, and has issued the following statement outlining current arrangements:
    "Barnardos Post Adoption Service is continuing to offer services throughout the current health crisis. While we cannot meet with our clients face to face, our staff are offering phone support and Skype sessions to adopted teenagers and children and their parents, as well as adopted adults and birth family members. We are finding that the Skype sessions are already being welcomed by families around the country.
    Our phones continue to be staffed in our three centres in Dublin (01-8134100), Cork (021-2038005) and Galway (091-454489). We will call you back if we miss you! You are most welcome to phone us or email us at adoption@barnardos.ie
    Our post adoption helpline continues to operate at 01-4546388 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings". 


    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...


    If you are not 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.


    Under existing legislation, an adopted adult has no automatic access to their original birth certificate. This is because all birth certificates contain personal information about the birth mother and her right to confidentiality must be respected.


    You may be thinking about taking the first step towards contacting your birth relatives, for example your birth mother, birth father or siblings. All agencies welcome any contact from adopted people searching for information. You will be able to get generic or 'non-identifying'...



    What is the National Adoption Contact Preference Register?
    The National Adoption Contact Preference Register was set up in 2005 as a way for people affected by adoption to make their wishes known about having contact with their birth family members.

    About Us

    The Information & Tracing Unit can help you with post-adoption information and tracing.   People have many different reasons for contacting us.  Some are looking for information such as the date of their adoption order or family background information. Others want to pass on information to an adopted person or a birth family member – maybe just to let them know that they are alive and are enjoying a good life.  The majority of people, however, would like to find and meet their birth family. The unit is made up of a number of administrative staff and social workers.

    Provision of Information

    We are happy to talk to people on the phone but requests for information must be made in writing and the person making the request must provide identification. No personal information will be provided over the phone.

    We require one of the following forms of identification with a written request:

    • Passport
    • Drivers Licence or Learner Permit
    • Public Services Card
    • Student Card
    • Pension Book
    • Senior Citizens Travel Pass
    • Medical Card

    Photocopies of your chosen form of identification can be sent by post, or a scanned copy can be emailed to us. Please do not send original documents to us with your requests.

    There may be a number of terms or expressions used in this website which are unfamiliar to you. To assist we have produced a glossary which explains the most frequently used ones. Please click here

    The address for email requests is tracing@aai.gov.ie

    The address for postal requests is:

    Information & Tracing Unit,
    Adoption Authority, 
    Shelbourne House, 
    Shelbourne Road, 
    D04 H6F6

    Dublin 4


    P.O. Box 9957
    Dublin 4

    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."