Information for Adopted People
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' details about your birth parents. Information that could identify your birth parents is not shared without their permission. Your information, such as your name and address, is not shared with your birth parents without your permission.
There are two steps you can take to being the process
- Join the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. Even if you are not ready for contact, we encourage you to think about joining the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. The Contact Register is a way of letting us know your wishes about contact with your birth relatives. Joining the Contact Register is voluntary and contact will only happen where both the adopted person and their birth relative wish to have contact. The Contact Register is not a tracing service, nothing happens unless the other person joins.
Click here for more information about the National Adoption Contact Preference Register and applications forms.
- Contact the agency who placed you with your adoptive parents. To begin a search you will need to contact the adoption agency which dealt with your adoption and ask them to assist you in tracing your birth mother or other family member. If you know the name of the agency you can contact them directly. If you are unsure or don’t know you can ask us for this information. Many of the adoption agencies are closed and the records for the majority of them have been transferred to other bodies such as Tusla/the Child and Family Agency. You can check their website to see if they are holding the records for the agency you are looking for www.tusla.ie.
If you do not know the name of the agency please contact the Information and Tracing Unit, Adoption Authority, by email or letter and attach some identification, and we will write back to you with the name of the agency and their contact details.
Although we do not have accurate figures, many women placed more than one child for adoption. There is always the possibility that other brothers or sisters were also adopted. We are only able to link adopted siblings if they both join the Contact Register, or if the birth mother gets in touch with us and lets us know.