Spring Courses for Adopted Adults and Birth Mothers

02 Mar 2017 in Adoption, Featured

Barnardos Post Adoption Service is celebrating its 40th birthday this Spring. The service has been providing a helpline to those affected by adoption since 1977. Thousands of adopted adults, birth family members and adoptive parents have been provided with support and advice since the service opened its doors. A service is provided to intercountry adopted children and their parents.

Barnardos also provides group support to adopted adults and birth mothers- many of whom are trying to trace each other or who have had an outcome to their search. Support courses for both adopted adults and birth mothers are starting in April 2017.


Exploring Adoption

‘Exploring Adoption’, a four-session evening course for adopted adults run by Barnardos Post Adoption Service, will begin in Dublin on Thursday 27 April 2017. The workshop is suitable for adopted adults of all ages. Run over four two-hour sessions and facilitated by experienced Barnardos Post Adoption Service staff, the course gives adopted adults the opportunity to explore the role adoption plays in their lives and to consider all aspects of searching for a birth family. The course normally runs twice a year.

What: Exploring Adoption
Suitable for:  Adopted adults of all ages
When: Four consecutive Thursdays –7.15 - 9.15pm (27th April, 4th, 11th and 18th May 2017)
Time: 7.15pm - 9.15pm
Where: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
Cost: €80 for all four sessions including course materials
Registration: Visit our online shop or phone 01 813 4100

A maximum of 12 people attend each course. Early registration is strongly advised as a waiting list is kept for this course. 

This course will be helpful to adopted adults who are considering searching for background information, who have had an outcome to their search and/or who would like an opportunity to reflect on the experience of being adopted.  A safe, confidential atmosphere is created and ongoing links and friendships are often made between participants. The service runs occasional follow up support meetings for those who attend the course and information about individual counselling is provided as necessary. 


Birth Mother’s Group

Was your son or daughter placed for adoption in the past? Would it help to talk about it? Barnardos Post Adoption Service runs confidential meetings for women whose children have been adopted. These meetings are an opportunity to talk about experiences in the past and perhaps to prepare for contact with a now adult son or daughter. Barnardos provides provide a safe, absolutely private space to talk about the adoption and to seek practical help and advice.

Some women may have met their adopted child/adult already and would like support around the outcome of the meeting. Others may need support around such issues as telling others about the adoption of a son/daughter.

The meetings are run as a course over six sessions.

Many women have found these meetings to be of invaluable assistance and support. The service is independent and completely confidential. There is no charge to attend the course but donations are welcome to cover costs.

What: Birth Mother’s Group
When: Six course sessions beginning in Spring 2017
Time: Evenings
Where: Central location in Dublin
Cost: Free
Registration: www.barnardos.ie/adoption or phone 01 813 4100