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Post Adoption Service

Post Adoption Service

Support for adopted children, adoptive parents and young adopted adults up to the age of 23

Barnardos has provided a service to adopted people, birth families and adoptive families since 1977.

Barnardos Post Adoption Service provides a specialist therapeutic service to children and teenagers and adults (up to the age of 23) who are adopted both internationally and domestically – and to their parents.

Our separate Birth History Service includes therapeutic support services to adopted adults, birth families, adults who were subject of an illegal birth registration and to individuals who were boarded out, fostered or nursed out as children in Ireland pre-1991.

For information on the Children’s service please see below.

The service is available regionally via three centres:

  • Dublin: 23/24 Buckingham Street Lower Dublin 1. Tel: (01) 8134100
  • Cork: Blackmore House, Meade Street, Cork. Tel: (021) 2038005
  • Galway: “The Sanctuary”, 27 Chois Chlair, Claregalway, Co Galway. Tel: (091) 454489

If you are having difficulty booking an event please contact either of our three centres directly.  

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. Online parenting consultations and support online 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. Classroom workshop.
  • A therapeutic support service for adopted adults and birth family members who are referred to the service.

Adoption Authority of Ireland Survey 2024

The Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) research team has launched a new survey for the Irish 18+ Intercounty Adopted population. This survey is designed to further explore some of the topics covered in our “Lived Experience of Intercountry Adoption” interviews, which were conducted in 2023. It specifically looks at the areas of adoptive identity, birth family thoughts, and discrimination, and it takes 5-7 minutes to complete.

In order to be eligible, participants must have been adopted into Ireland via intercountry adoption, and must be aged 18 or over. All participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a €50 One4All voucher.

Any questions can be directed to Dr Judy Lovett at [email protected]

More Information about our workshops

Find out more information on these workshops by signing up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page

Listening to Adopted Children and their Families Barnardos Post Adoption Children’s Service

Outcomes of Research by Queens University

Download the full report By Queens University

Contact Barnardos Post-Adoption Service

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

+353 1 813 4100 [email protected]

Helpline: (01) 454 6388 (Open 10am – 1pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays)

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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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Barnardos Post Adoption Service is funded by TUSLA the Child and Family Agency, through donations from clients and from training income.

Barnardos Post Adoption Service is accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland under the Adoption Act 2010.

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