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
  • Social Welfare 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

The address for postal requests is:

Information & Tracing Unit,
Adoption Authority,
Shelbourne House,
Shelbourne Road,
Dublin 4


P.O. Box 9957
Dublin 4

Published: Friday, 08 January 2016 12:17
Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:23