The Adoption Authority of Ireland said a total of 891 adopted people and relatives applied to the new contact priority register last month.
The Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022, which was enacted on July 1, provides a legal right to full and unrestricted access to birth certificates, birth, early life, care and medical information for anyone who Adopted, boarded out, he was born. Illegally registered, or who have questions about their identity.
The new law also establishes a Contact Preference Register (CPR) on which requests can be made by those wishing to contact, request privacy, or receive or share information with a relative. The Adoption Authority of Ireland operates the CPR.
Of the 891 people who applied to register their contact preferences, 786 were from adoptees, 90 were from birth parents and 15 were from other relatives.
There were 820 people who preferred some level of communication.
There were 32 people who expressed a desire not to be contacted (24 adopters and 8 relatives) while 39 applicants (30 adopters and 9 relatives) did not wish to be contacted but wanted to share information. were
The majority of all applications (786) came from people in Ireland, with 105 applications from people living abroad.
The largest number of requests from outside Ireland came from the UK, with 50 people registering contact preferences, followed by the US (17) and Australia (4).
Dublin (253) had the highest number of applications by county in Ireland in July, followed by Cork (118) and Meath (48). The county with the fewest applications was Leitrim with four.
The oldest applicant for CPR was 81 years old, while the youngest, aged five, submitted an application on behalf of his adoptive parents. The average age of adoptees and relatives was 50 years.
Of the 786 adoptees who applied for CPR, 74 percent wanted contact with their birth mother.
About 17 percent of applicants said they wanted to trace their birth father, 9 percent wanted contact with a sibling and 1.3 percent wanted contact with a grandparent, cousin, aunt or uncle.
Of the 105 relatives who applied for CPR, 86 percent wanted contact with their child, just under 5 percent said they wanted contact with siblings, and about 10 percent wanted contact with their child. Want to contact grandparents, cousins, aunts. Or uncle
As part of a public information campaign around the new legislation, a leaflet on the services provided is being delivered to every home in Ireland.
Adoption Authority chief executive Patricia Carey said she was “very encouraged” by the number of people registering on the Contact Preference Register.
“It’s mostly adoptees — but also birth parents and other relatives — for whom the Birth Information and Tracing Act is a really important piece of legislation,” he said.
“Come October, when the free services open up under the legislation, adoptees will finally have the right to access all their birth information held by the state. That wasn’t the case before, so that’s a big deal.
“If they have applied to the Contact Preference Register, they will also be able to facilitate contact between adoptees and birth parents and other relatives, at a level that both parties are comfortable with.
“The 1.85 million leaflets that have landed on doorsteps across the country explain what the new legislation means and how it works. I would urge anyone affected by the legislation to Read and consider the available information, and maybe talk to a trusted friend before deciding what they want to do.”