Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Records from Mother and Baby Homes

Records for the Mother and Baby Homes at Tuam, Bessborough and St. Patrick’s Navan Road, Dublin were transferred to Tusla - Child and Family Agency.   These files contain sensitive, personal information and are protected under legislation.  However, anyone affected may request to access their own personal information.

Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive, says:  “The Child and Family Agency is currently the custodian of extremely personal data belonging to those who formerly resided in Mother and Baby Homes.

“Our key priority is to ensure that these confidential records are available, in the first instance, to the individuals whose personal information is contained within.

“Our staff will willingly assist with and contribute to any State investigations that may arise.”

The information contained in the files includes: admissions and discharges; maternity registers; records of children boarded out or adopted and quarterly statistical returns to local authorities.  Some of these records have already been digitally archived and plans to archive the remaining files are underway, with a view to assisting anyone wishing to trace their own past.

The Child and Family Agency operates an adoption tracing service in relation to institutions for which the Agency holds record.  These institutions are listed on the Tusla website - http://www.tusla.ie/services/alternative-care/adoption-services/tracing-service/where-are-records-held/

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