The Adoption (Birth Information and Tracing) Bill 2021 is currently going through the committee stages of the Dáil. The Bill, if enacted, is intended to establish a legal right to adoption information and records, including birth certificates, birth and early life information. It aims to create a legal framework to provide for a structured means of access to this information and contact for those affected by adoption. When enacted, it is envisaged that relevant parties will have access to records currently held by various service providers, to be supervised by the Adoption Authority.  

The legislation also provides for the establishment of a robust and comprehensive Tracing Service and a statutory Contact Preference Register to facilitate contact or share information.

The new Contact Preference Register will replace the existing administrative National Adoption Contact Preference Register. It will be a living register which will enable ongoing registering of contact preferences, lodging of information, and information sharing. All current contact preferences lodged with the existing register will be transferred over to the new register.

The new Tracing Service will be provided by Tusla - the Child and Family Agency, or the Adoption Authority, to help locate and facilitate contact and information sharing  - with consent -  between birth parents and adopted children. It will allow tracing to take place for the following purposes:

  • Tracing for contact
  • Tracing to share information
  • Tracing to request information


A birth mother may apply to have an entry made on the Contact Preference Register indicating that she is willing (or not) to make contact or to provide information to the child that she placed for adoption.

A person who was adopted may also apply to have an entry made on the register indicating that s/he is willing (or not) to make contact with the birth parent/s.

The Tracing Service will establish the willingness (or not) to have contact with the other party and take appropriate action to facilitate the contact. Where one of the parties is unwilling to agree to contact, the agency will inform the other party of this position.

Further Information

For further information on the Adoption (Birth Information and Tracing) Bill 2021, click here.

Information on tracing services currently provided by Tusla can be found here.


Organisation Telephone Email Website Address

Adoption Authority of Ireland*

(01) 230 9300 Adoption Authority of Ireland, Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Child and Family Agency (01) 635 2854 Child and Family Agency, Block D, Park Gate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin

International Adoption Association (Ireland)

(01) 499 2206 International Adoption Association (Ireland), Terenure Enterprise Centre, 17 Rathfarnham Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

 *Contact the Information and Tracing Unit:

   Contact the Social Work Unit:

  • Tel: 01 2309306 or if outside ROI, +353-1-2309306
  • Email:

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF