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# Adoption

Last week
11th February 2024 - 24th February 2024
Over 2,800 applications to Tusla's tracing service still awaiting social worker allocation
Last year
2023
'A punch in the gut': Tusla apologises as adopted people wait up to a year for personal records
'Witnesses telling their stories, while they're still alive, is very powerful'
'Mothers had their children ripped out of their arms': 24,000 people excluded from redress
'Four lives were ripped apart': Woman plans legal action over mother's exclusion from redress
Officials warned that lack of social workers would delay giving adopted people their records
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Redacted Lives: Catch up on our documentary series about Mother and Baby Homes
Redacted Lives: Final episode explores redress and plans to excavate Tuam mother and baby home site
'I don't want to die not knowing': Adopted people share their search to find their identity
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information, Órla Ryan reports
"I'm getting older now, I don't want to die not knowing," Marguerite Penrose tells us
One man who believes he was illegally adopted also shares the impact this has had on his life
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
Redacted Lives: The second episode of our new documentary series is out now
Tusla and AAI given new tracing powers after 'technical issue' arises with Birth Information Act
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
'Pregnant from Ireland' - A term many people didn't know until recently, even the women themselves
Opinion: 'I still don’t know why my name is Claire McGettrick and not Caitríona Palmer'
Redacted Lives: New podcast will explore how families were torn apart by Mother and Baby Homes
'You're a Quinn, you're one of us': Woman adopted to US in 1960 finally meets her Irish family
Waiting time for adopted people to get birth information triples to 90 days
Holly Cairns: Calculating redress based on length of time in an institution is just wrong
Opinion: Last week, birth information became accessible - but the law doesn't go far enough
More than 800 applications made for access to birth information since system opened yesterday
'A historic moment': Adopted people can access information about their birth from today
Opinion: 'Travelling to Limerick in search of college digs as a care-leaver felt so lonely'
Information and tracing services under Birth Act to begin from next month
Almost 900 people sign up to adoption tracing system - 32 have 'no contact' preference
Adopted people will finally get access to records after President signs Bill into law
'It's an insult': €3,000 payment for people who were illegally adopted criticised
'This will haunt the Government': Call for extension of MBH redress, or for new Commission to be held
Opinion: Our rights as adopted people will not be enshrined in law, they'll be in grave danger
Roderic O'Gorman: We hope today's legislation will right decades of wrongs against adopted people
Adopted people will no longer have to attend mandatory information session when seeking records
Mother told daughter would 'get a needle in her arm every day' until she signed adoption papers
Tuam site may finally be excavated in 2022 - five years after 'significant' human remains found
The site of the former mother and baby home may be excavated five years after a "significant" quantity of human remains were found
Survivors, relatives and archaeologists have called for the Tuam site to be excavated urgently, Órla Ryan reports
The long-awaited Burials Bill and the Birth Information and Tracing Bill are expected to be published in the next two months
'My mother didn't want people to know I existed': One woman's mission to find her identity
Government will not oppose motion for review of redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors
Over 30 experts ask O'Gorman to change redress scheme so it considers 'impact of early trauma'
'They're waiting for more of us to die': Women whose children were taken react to redress scheme
'Gardaí returned women who escaped': Philomena Lee & Mary Harney challenge Commission in High Court
Mother and Baby Homes: 34,000 survivors eligible for compensation in €800m redress scheme
'Can you put a price on trauma?': Redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes ready