You might have been adopted as a baby, a toddler or even older. Any minor can be adopted at any time until they reach the age of 18 and legally become an adult.
Adoption means that a baby or child no longer withes with their birth parents and legally and permanently become part of a new family. All of the legal parenting rights and responsibilities will be transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. Every natural has their own reasons for putting a child up for adoption.
Adoptions come in two forms, there are OPEN adoptions where a birth parent can have some contact with the child, emails or even occasional visitation, and the normal type of adoption in Ireland, a CLOSED adoption, here paperwork is sealed and not public, the adoptee does not know the identity of their parent and there is no contact.
Some adoptees who were adopted as older children have memories of their natural parents; some were adopted as babies and have no memories of their birth families at all. Some people who wish to trace their birth parent do so because they want to know where they came from, who other family members are or even for medical reasons, i.e. the adoptee may have an illness and they are unable to identify of it is congenital or not, knowing some family medical history can help adoptees deal with an illness which is proving difficult to identify. Whatever your reasons, I am experienced in dealing with adoptions and the mental and emotional distress that adoptees experience when looking for birth parents.
Then it can be a case where they are adopted internationally, which means their adoptive family live in a different country and the adoptees natural family live in a different country to the adoptee. This happened a lot in the 40’s, 50’s, 60,’s and 70’s in Ireland, some women were admitted to Irish penitential asylums for wayward girls and women called Magdalene Asylums. Many children in these homes were removed from the mothers and sent abroad. Some of these were even secret adoptions (no paperwork kept of the adoption, in essence the child never existed). Which makes an adoption trace difficult but NOT impossible, I will research abroad and endeavour to find, identify and match parents who are looking for removed children and we can arrange DNA testing for any possible matches.
The legislation that applies to the tracing of birth families in Ireland is the Adoption Act 2010. Section 10 of the Adoption Act 2010 states that the Registrar General must keep a record of all adoptions. This is known as the “Adopted Children Register” and I will research and investigate this register on your behalf as part of the investigation process.
Adoptee tracing is not just for adoptees, a birth mother or father can trace an adopted child. However, there are specific channels you can use to try and find your family or child, I can offer you the support and professionalism that we give to adoptees who are endeavouring to trace their birth parents. I can also offer this support and professionalism to other members of an adopted child’s birth family