The Adoption Authority of Ireland has welcomed the commencement of the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 and invites adopted persons, parents, and others affected by the Act to register their preferences in relation to contact with the Authority.

Yesterday the President Michael D Higgins signed the Act 2022 into law. 

Minister Roderic O’Gorman says he has immediately commenced the legislative provisions to establish the new Contact Preference Register from today (1 July).  This paves the way for Information and Tracing Services to open in October 2022.

The new Register is now open to applications and can be accessed on  Applications may be made to the Contact Preference Register by those wishing to make contact, to request privacy, or to seek or share information with a relative.

 A Public Information Campaign, with a national and international focus, starts today to let people know of the important changes to the law.  As part of this, an Information Booklet will be delivered to every household in Ireland, as well as being distributed overseas, over the summer period.

 The Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 provides a full and clear right of access to birth certificates, birth and early life information for all persons who were adopted, boarded out, the subject of an illegal birth registration or who otherwise have questions in relation to their origins. The new law establishes a robust tracing service and a Contact Preference Register, as well as a range of new bespoke measures to address issues arising for people affected by illegal birth registration. A broad spectrum of counselling and support is also available to persons affected on request. All of these services will be free of charge for applicants. 

 More information can be found in the press release, available here or on the new bespoke website,



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