If you were adopted in Northern Ireland, you can apply for your original birth certificate when you reach the age of 18. You can also place yourself on a register to allow birth relatives to contact you if you wish
Trusts also provide Post Adoption Support Services for adoption children. This includes specialist Therapeutic Intervention via their Looked After and Adopted Children Therapeutic Teams.
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 Trust (HSC) or registered Adoption Agency can provide a Counselling Service to support you make connections with your birth family, through providing an intermediary service.
Contact details for local HSC Trusts are:
Belfast Trust : Karen Simpson (028) 9504 0350
Northern Trust : Caroline Turley (028) 9331 5111 or Claire Boyd (028) 2563 5110
South Eastern Trust : Karen Leonard (028) 9127 0672
Southern Trust : Joan McGuinness or Tara Murphy (028) 3756 6125
Western Trust : Roisin Lynch (028) 7131 4235 or Anita McBirney (028) 8285 5114
If you are unsure which Trust Area : See here
Adoption agency case records are distinct from court records. They are also distinct from birth and adoption registration records and from records held, for example, by mother and baby institutions. However, as part of the adoption tracing process, it is usual practice for Health and Social Care Trusts and voluntary adoption agencies to seek information held, for example by courts or by mother and baby institutions.
It is not possible for Trusts or voluntary adoption agencies to access records held outside the jurisdiction of the UK.
For any enquiries with adoption tracing in the Republic of Ireland see:
You can also contact the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service on 0800 0720 137.
Registered Adoption Agencies:
Family Care Society : Derry (028) 7136 8592 Belfast : (028) 9069 1133
email@example.com Family Care Adoption Services website
Adoption Routes : (028) 9073 6080 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Adoption Routes website
Adopt NI is an independent Northern Ireland charity providing support to the adoption and looked after communities.
Tel : (028) 9045 4222 email: email@example.com Adopt NI website