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Adoption tracing & contacting birth relatives

Adopted adults over 18 years old can access their birth records and you can add your details to the Contact Register.

If you were adopted in Northern Ireland, your local Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust or registered Adoption Agency can provide a counselling service to support you make connections with your birth family through providing an intermediary service.

We also provide a similar service to birth parents by providing information from your records, advise you on the process of making contact with your birth child(ren) and provide an intermediary service during the contact process if you wish to avail of this. We recognise this will be an emotional time for you, we will provide you with the emotional support you require.

Contact details for local HSC Trusts:

Belfast HSC Trust
Karen Simpson (028) 9504 0350


Northern HSC Trust
Caroline Turley (028) 9442 6196


South Eastern HSC Trust
Karen Leonard (028) 9127 0672


Southern HSC Trust
Joan McGuinness (028) 3756 6125
Tara Murphy (028) 3756 6125


Western HSC Trust
Roisin Lynch (028) 7131 4235
Anita Birney (028) 8283 5114

You can also contact HSC NI Adoption & Foster Care by calling 0800 0720 137.

Registered Adoption Agencies:

Family Care Adoption Services
Maggie McSorley (028) 9069 1133


Adoption Routes
Lynda Wilson (028) 9073 6080

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