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New Laws To Grant Adopted People Legal Right To Birth Records

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

6:39 PM - 11 May 2021



Adopted people will have a legal right to access their birth records, under government legislation.

The Children's Minister, Roderic O'Gorman, says this will include birth certs, and birth and early life information.

Where the birth mother expressed a wish for privacy an information session will be held with a social worker - but the name will still be released.

It will be the first time adoptees will have a blanket guarantee for access to their early life documents.

The new bill will also establish a robust and comprehensive Tracing Service, for people looking to find out about their past.

The legislation is expected to go before the Dáil later this year.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman today said the state has failed adopted people in the past and hopes passing new legislation will allow that trust to be rebuilt.

 



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