Post Adoption Services
Barnardos Post Adoption Services provides a number of services, including:
- A therapeutic service for intercountry adopted children living in the Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow area. Children and Family Services Information.
- A helpline and email advisory service for adoptive parents, birth family members and adopted young people and adults.
- Training and support meetings for parents who have adopted from abroad.
- A mediation service for adopted people and birth family members who are preparing to meet through the National Adoption Contact Preference Register.
- Support meetings for birth mothers and other family members Barnardos Birth Mothers Group.
Barnardos Post Adoption Service has been running an independent and confidential service to adopted people, birth parents and adoptive parents since 1977. Over the years hundreds of people have contacted us discuss their feelings and experiences in adoption and to seek advice on a range of issues.
The Post Adoption Service provides support and advice to parents who have adopted from abroad, as well as a direct service to children. Attachment issues, explaining adoption, dealing with racism and accessing specialist services are some of the areas where we are happy to offer advice and assistance.
Birth relatives and adopted people can often feel the need to talk about their experiences. The Post Adoption Service can offer both a chance to meet others in the same situation through our group work service. We also offer individual support especially to birthmothers and adopted people who are considering contact with birth relatives perhaps through the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. The Register which was launched by the Adoption Board in 2005 gives adopted people and members of their natural family an opportunity to register their wishes about contact.
Adoptive parents are also welcome to contact the service to discuss any questions or anxieties they might have about their adult son or daughter making contact with birth relatives.
Upcoming events/support groups by Barnardos:
'Chosen' - An Evening of Stories on Adoption - May 2013
Chosen - Living with Adoption is a recently published collection of writing and poetry by adopted adults living in the UK, edited by Dr Perlita Harris. Barnardos are hosting an evening of readings from the book in Dublin's Aisling Hotel on Thursday 23rd May.
October 2013 - Training with Dr Daniel Hughes
A Date for your Diary: Dr Daniel Hughes will facilitate another Barnardos training day for parents and professionals in Dublin on Saturday October 12th. This day will focus on older children and teenagers.
For adopted adults:
'Exploring Adoption', our four session course for adopted adults is held every Spring and Autumn.
For birth/natural mothers:
The next Birth Mothers course will begin on Monday 8th April and that people can phone the service at 8134100 for details and booking.
Birth parents who have parted with children for adoption are most welcome to contact the service at any time for individual guidance and support. Read about the Birth Mother's Group.
If you would like more information about our Post Adoption Service, please contact us.
A: Barnardos Post Adoption Service, 23/24 Buckingham Street, Dublin 1
T: +353 1 813 4100
T: 01 454 6388
(Open 10am - 1pm, every Tuesday & Thursday)
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