...regaining identities, histories and rights for adopted people...  




The mission of Adoption Rights Alliance is to advocate equal human and civil rights for those affected by Ireland's closed secret adoption system.

 Launch of the Philomena Project

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(Please note that the Philomena Project website content is not fully up to date and will be undergoing revision in the coming weeks)

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18th February 2014

Knowing identity a basic human right denied to adopted
To say a forced adoption policy was not pursued here is laughable, says Conall Ó Fátharta
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Denying adoption records ‘horrific’: President calls on the State and institutions to provide information
President Michael D Higgins has said it is “horrific” that basic information is denied to adopted people and called on the State to act on adoption rights.
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13th February 2014

Media Guide Published
Adoption Rights Alliance has published a media guide to empower and guide those who wish to share their story publicly.
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24th January 2014  

Philomena Lee to visit Ireland to launch The Philomena Project
Philomena Lee will be in Dublin this Friday, 24th January, to launch The Philomena Project in association with the Adoption Rights Alliance, which aims to effect legislative change by calling on the Irish state to grant access to adoption records for both in-country and Irish-US adopted people and their families. There are over 60,000 “adoption” files held by the HSE, private adoption agencies and church representatives all of which are the sole source of people’s identities. Sixty years after the introduction of legal but essentially forced adoption, The Philomena Project is calling on the Irish government to lead the way and enact legislation to allow the release of these 60,000 plus files to the people whose identities these contain. 
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“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting loneliness." 

Alex Haley, Author of Roots

Refused your birth certificate by the Adoption Authority?  Click here to learn how to locate it for yourself.

Magdalene Oral History Project concludes...

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