Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Information and Tracing Service

Birth Information and Tracing Bill

Tusla welcomes the publication by Minister Roderic O’Gorman of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill. We look forward to enactment of the legislation to enable us process requests for birth information and provide a comprehensive tracing service in accordance with the proposed legislation.

Up until the date of commencement of the proposed legislation Tusla is obliged to process your request for birth information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 / Freedom of Information Act 2014. This means that at this point in time, we will continue to do the best we can to provide you with as much information as possible, but will not be able to meet the expectation of what’s in the proposed legislation.


  • For further information on the Heads of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill, and Frequently Asked Question (FAQ’s) please see the link below to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth:



  • For enquiries in relation to the Tracing Service currently provided by Tusla, please see the link below to our website where you will find relevant information and contact details for our local offices:  



The Child and Family Agency operates an adoption information and tracing service in various locations throughout the country.   The Agency provides funding to PACT through a service level  to conduct assessment for Eligibility and Suitability to adopt in addition to providing pre adoptive foster carers. Barnardo are also funded to provide post adoption therapeutic to children and counselling services to Adults.

Who can trace?

If you were adopted, if you are a birth parent, if you are adoptive parent or if you were raised in long term foster care you can trace birth relatives. Each individual person has their own unique reason for seeking background information and considering tracing. In the past adoption was seen as a final break between parent and child but now it is recognised as part an evolving life long process for those concerned.  There has been a dramatic increase in people seeking information or looking to trace their birth relatives.  

St Patrick's Guild Adoption Records

Tusla has identified at least 151 instances of incorrect registrations of birth between 1946 and 1969 in the records of St Patrick's Guild. - click here for further details.

Initiating Enquiry 

Click here for informaton on how to initiate an enquiry. 

Where are records held? 

Click here for information on where records are currently held and contact information. 

Adoption Information and Tracing Services 

Contact details for the Child and Family Agency's Adoption Information and Tracing Services are available here.

If you were in an alternative care arrangement 

If you were ‘boarded out’ or at nurse but never adopted, information on how to proceed is available here

Outcomes of Tracing 

Tracing enquiries can have a number of possible outcomes, further information is available here

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