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Proposed Legislation

As you may be aware, the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 is currently progressing through the Houses of the Oireachtas. There will be a number of stages prior to the Bill being enacted and it cannot be predicted, at this stage, how long this process may take. The Bill will for the first time put a Legislative Framework in place to allow for the provision of information and the facilitation of contact between all persons connected to adoption, be they adopted persons, birth parents or birth relatives. You can read the full Bill by going to www.oireachtas.ie

Recognising that the connection to adoption is lifelong, Cúnamh has for many years provided an Information and Tracing service within the parameters of existing legislation. Therefore, we believe it is important at this stage to share with you our present understanding of what the future holds.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has recently informed all accredited adoption agencies, including Cúnamh, that if the Bill is implemented in its present form it will no longer be feasible for accredited agencies to provide an Information and Tracing Service due to governance and legislative issues. In that event there will be a 6 months publicity campaign to inform those affected by adoption of the implications of the Bill. After this time accredited agencies, including Cúnamh, will cease to operate and Information and Tracing services will be provided only by Tusla.

Cúnamh are disappointed with the implications of this draft legislation. We would like to have the Bill amended so that we could continue to provide our current services under an agreement with Tusla. In conjunction with other accredited agencies, Cúnamh have and will continue to make representation to the relevant authorities in this regard.

We will post any additional information as it becomes available.

For now we assure you that Cúnamh will continue to provide our service as normal.


30 South Anne Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353-1-677 9664
Fax: +353-1-677 0235
E-mail: info@cunamh.com
Hours of Opening:
Mon to Fri 9am-1pm and 2-5pm

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