Post Adoption Service

Barnardos provides a specialist therapeutic service to children and teenagers who are adopted both internationally and domestically - and their parents.

Services are also provided to adopted adults and their birth families.

The service is available regionally via three centres:

Barnardos Post Adoption Service is continuing to offer services throughout the current health crisis. While we cannot meet with our clients face to face our experienced staff are offering Skype counselling and support sessions to adopted teenagers and children and their parents, as well as adopted adults and birth family members. Our phones continue to be staffed in our three centres and you are most welcome to phone us or email us at adoption@barnardos.ie.

Post Adoption Events

We are sorry to have had to postpone a number of events for children, teenagers and parents scheduled for Spring and Summer 2020-we will be hoping to rearrange them for later in the year or early 2021. Some events are currently scheduled to go ahead later in the year if guidelines allow. 

What services are provided?

  • A therapeutic service for adopted children and teenagers, and their families.
  • A national, confidential helpline and email advisory service available twice weekly and professionally staffed.
  • Advisory sessions for adoptive parents. Parents may have questions about attachment, school issues, sharing background information and identity development among many other issues. Parenting consultations and support via Skype can also be arranged to assist parents who may be living at a distance from our centres.
  • Group work with children and teenagers.
  • Group support and training for adoptive parents.
  • Specialist training on adoption issues for professional groups such as teachers.
  • Support groups for adopted adults and birth mothers.
  • A counselling/psychotherapy service for adopted adults and birth family members who are referred by Tusla.

Barnardos Post Adoption service is funded by TUSLA the Child and Family Agency, through donations from clients and training income. Barnardos Post Adoption Service is accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland under the Adoption Act 2010.

Contact Barnardos Post-Adoption Service

Barnardos Post Adoption Service, 23/24 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1

(+353 1) 813 4100 adoption@barnardos.ie

Helpline: (01) 454 6388 (Open 10am - 1pm, every Tuesday & Thursday)

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Barnardos Post Adoption Service provides support and advice to parents who have adopted from abroad, adopted adults and birth parents; as well as providing a direct service to children. We offer support groups, workshops, training courses and individual support. Sign up to our email alerts to be kept informed about upcoming events and Barnardos' work.

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