Useful Links


The sites listed below are not under the control of this organisation and no responsibility can be taken for any material contained therein.

Adoption Authority of Ireland, Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Road , Dublin 4.Main Switchboard:  01-2309300    Duty Social Worker:  01-2309306

Application Forms for the  Contact Preference Register Form for adopted persons and birth/natural families parents/families can be obtained at:

Adoption in Ireland is regulated by the Adoption Board / Authority which is an independent quasi judicial statutory body appointed by government.  The Adoption Authority holds  records for St Therese Adoption Society, Whitefriar Street , Dublin 8

Barnardos, Post Adoption Service,  23/24 Buckingham Street, Dublin 1
T: +353 1 813 4100  Helpline  T: 01 454 6388  (Open 10am – 1pm, every Tuesday & Thursday)
Callsave: 1850 222 300

Origins Service at Barnardos:  01 453 0355 Email: Barnardos’ Origins Information and Tracing Service helps people who grew up in Ireland’s industrial schools to trace their family of origin.

Adoptive Parent Support  Services:

Adoptive Parents Association: Roundwood, Bray, Co Wicklow : Helen Gilmartin, Hon Sec.  Telephone: 0404 45184.and  Email: Helen Scott P.R.O.  Email: Email:

International Adoption Association ( Ireland) :Support to families adopting children from abroad.  Tel:01 499 2206

Email at

Adopted Person’s Support Services

Adoption Rights Alliance: Web: Email:
Tel:  086-8163024/086-3659516

Know My Own: Cork based support group E-mail:
Helpline:   087 2584822  (Open 7-9 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays and 5-7 pm on Sundays)

The Adoption Support Network of Ireland: 39 Bourne View, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Web: Email:

Natural Parent Support Groups:

The Natural Parents Network of Ireland, P.O. Box No. 6714, Dublin 4.

Locall: 1890 200046  Email:

Birth Parents of Adopted Children:A support group based in Cork providing support to birth parents of adopted children who meet once a month and provide a one to one support service. e-mail:

Birth Parent Support Group:http://

Adoption Resources UK based

CORAMBritish Adoption Association for Adoption and Fostering Website for anyone thinking about searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK.

Adoption Agency: Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster), 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ.Phone: 0208 969 5305   Fax: 0208 960 1464 and Email:

International Adoption UK adoption agency:

Irish Organisations:
Treoir – The National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children.
Irish Association of Social Workers  email
Irish Foster Care Association Email :

Ombudsman for Children’s Office,Millennium House,52-56 Great Strand Street,Dublin  01 865 6800  or Free-phone 1800 20 20 40      email

The Children’s Rights Alliance is a coalition of over 90 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to secure the rights and needs of children in Ireland, by campaigning for the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

International websites:

HCCH | Home: For full text on  Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and Guide to Good Practice : The Implementation and Operation of the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention: Guide to Good Practice

The intercountry adoption website of the U.S. Department of State which website provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process and the Hague Adoption Convention. Specific information country by country

International Adoption Clinic – some medical considerations for people adopting from abroad (produced by the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Tools and Resources for Adoptive Families  and the Professionals Who Help Them

International Federation of Social Workers

Website advocating ethics in adoption practices

Adoption Yellow Pages – site listing resources in US states, giving information and providing access to journals articles in an adoption library
Adoptive Families Magazine – information, advice and full text of selected chapters of the annual Adoption Guide
Child Welfare Information Gateway - an extensive US Government resource site
Family Preservation and Child Welfare Network – information on foster care and adoption and links to other US adoption organisations
North American Council on Adoptable Children – Organisation for education, parent support, research, and advocacy in the U.S. and Canada.
Adoption Services Australia

The Benevolent Society, Post Adoption Resource: :Centre for Family Connections US

Irish Government Departments/Agencies:

Citizens Information an Irish Government website provided by the Citizens Information Board. The site provides public service information for Ireland

Department of Health and Children The Department of Health and Children’s statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services
Department of Social Community and Family Affairs
General Registrars Office
TUSLA : Child and Family Agency:
Health Information and Quality Authority – Independent Authority reporting to the Minister for Health and Children, set up to drive quality, safety, accountability and the best use of resources in health and social care services, whether delivered by public, voluntary or private bodies.