You might have been adopted as a baby, a toddler or even as a teenager. 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 lives with their birth parents and legally and permanently becomes part of a new family. All of the legal parenting rights and responsibilities are transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. Every parent 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 via emails, phone calls or even the occasional visitation, and CLOSED adoption, which is much more common in Ireland. Here paperwork is sealed and private, the adoptee does not know the identity of his or her parent, and there is no contact between them.
There is also international adoption, whereby the adoptive family and adoptee live in a different country from the birth parents. This happened a lot between the 1940s and 1970s in Ireland, where women were admitted to Irish penitential asylums (Magdalene Asylums) for supposedly wayward girls and women. Many children in these homes were removed from their mothers and sent abroad. Some of these were even secret adoptions (with no paperwork kept of the adoption, some children officially never existed). These cases make adoption tracing difficult but not impossible. We here at City Investigations will research abroad and endeavour to locate, identify and match parents who are looking for removed children. We can also arrange DNA testing for any possible matches.
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, or to meet their relatives. Sometimes this might be for medical reasons; the adoptee may have an illness and need to identify whether or not it is congenital or not. Knowing family medical history can help adoptees deal with an illness which is proving difficult to identify.
Dedicated Adoption Tracing
Whatever your reasons, we are dedicated adoption tracing agents who are experienced in dealing with adoptions and the mental and emotional distress that adoptees experience when looking for birth parents.
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 we can research and investigate this register on your behalf as part of the investigation process.
Adoption tracing is not just for adoptees. A birth mother or father can also trace an adopted child. However, there are specific channels you can use to try and find your family or child. We can offer you the support and professionalism that we give to adoptees who are endeavouring to trace their birth parents. We can also offer this support and professionalism to other members of an adopted child's birth family.