Adoption Authority of Ireland

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

Adoption in Ireland is regulated by the Adoption Board / Authority which is an independent quasi judicial statutory body appointed by Government.

The Adoption Board holds records for St Therese Adoption Society, Whitefriar Street , Dublin 8

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

Adoption Agencies who provide information and tracing services:

  1. Child and Family Agency and Adoption Agencies Services
  2. Adoption Search Reunion

Child and Family Agency

  1. Child and Family Agency, Regional Adoption Service, for Counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary :2 St Andrews Terrace, Newtown, Waterford Telephone 051 860048.Fax 051 860396. Email:
  2. Child and Family Agency,Regional Adoption Service, for Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath, Child and Family Centre, St Marys Hospital, Dublin Road,Drogheda, Co Louth. Tel: 041- 9832963.
  3. Child and Family Agency, Adoption Service, for Counties Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary. Parkbeg House,2, Elm Drive, Caherdavin Lawn, Limerick Tel: 061 206820 / 206841
  4. Child and Family Agency: for Counties Cork and Kerry. Regional Adoption Service, Páirc na gCrann, St. Stephen’s Hospital, Sarsfield Court,Glanmire, Co.Cork.Tel: 021-4858650 Fax: 021-4858625.
  5. Child and Family Agency, Regional Adoption Service for Co. Kerry. Regional Adoption Service, Kerry Community Services H.Q. Rathass,Tralee, Co.Kerry.Tel: 066-7195628 Fax: 066-7195600.
  6. Child and Family Agency, Regional Adoption Service, for Co. Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan, St Conal’s Campus, Co Clinic, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Tel:074 91 04716
    Child and Family Agency. Adoption Service, HSE West, for Counties Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan, Custom House, 2,The Quays, Sligo. Tel: 071 9136550
  7. Child and Family Agency, Adoption Service for Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Adoption Service, Clann Adoption Service, Merlin Park, Galway, Tel: 091 775057
  8. Child and Family Agency, Co Mayo, Adoption Services, PCCC, St. Mary’s HQ, Castlebar,Co.Mayo Tel: 094 9042511
  9. Child and Family Agency, Adoption Services, HSE West,Community Services, Roscommon PCCC, Lanesboro Road, Roscommon Tel: 090 667575
  10. Child and Family Agency, for Counties Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow. The Information and Tracing Service, HSE. Adoption Service, 2nd Floor Nexus Building, Unit 4/5,Blancharsdtown Corporate Park,Dublin 15 Tel: 01897 6881 and 01 897 6858
  11. Child and Family Agency, for Counties Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath:Adoption Services, for Counties Laois and Offaly, HSE Dublin Mid Leinster,Social Work Department,Derry Suite,1st Floor,Castle Buildings, Tara Street,Tullamore, Co.Offaly Tel: 057 9370700 and Fax: 057 9370748
  12. Child and Family Agency, Adoption Services, for Co Longford and Westmeath, Social Work Department, Tivoli House, Dublin Road, Longford, Tel: 043 33 50783 / 33 50584
  13. Tusla Child & Family Agency, Adoption Services,

ACCREDITED BODIES: Accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland who provide and Information and Tracing Service:

  1. Barnardos, Post Adoption Service, 23/24 Buckingham Street Lower Dublin 1, Tel: (01) 8134100,Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-1pm. Email:


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.

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy :

Anne Heffron:

Kindred & Co:


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:

Adoptive Parent Support Services: Adoptive Parents Association of Ireland, Roundwood, Bray, Co Wicklow. Helen Gilmartin, Hon Sec. Telephone 0404 45184, e-mail and

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

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


Council of Irish Adoption Agencies

The Council of Irish Adoption Agencies (CIAA) is a forum of adoption agencies. This website has a series of post adoption information leaflets available for birth parents, adopted adults and adoptive parents:


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