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Adoption Organisations 

Adoption Rights Alliance  
Address: The Mill House
Millview Road
Co. Dublin

Web: www.adoptionrightsalliance.com  
Email: info@adoptionrightsalliance.com 
Information: Adoption Rights Alliance is a group of people affected by adoption who have come together to ensure that the Irish government enshrines the rights of the adopted child and Ireland's 50,000 adult adopted people in the proposed 2009 Adoption Bill. 


Know My Own 
E-mail: knowmyown@gmail.com 
Helpline: 087 2584822 (Open 7-9 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays and 5-7 pm on Sundays) 

Information: Cork-based support group with monthly meetings held in the Ardmanning Inn, Togher. For further details email the above address. 

ACE (Adopted Citizens of Éire)  
Address: P.O. Box 628 Islip, N.Y. 11751-0628

Information: Northeast US-based group promoting awareness of Irish adoption to the US. 


AFPAI (Adopted and Fostered Person’s Association of Ireland)  
Address: Bernadette Joyce
23 Portmarnock Crescent
Co. Dublin. 

Information: Tracing advice and information for people who were in long-term foster care and/or raised in institutions. 

Adoption Loss: The Natural Parents Network of Ireland
Address: PO Box 6714, Dublin 4 
Helpline: 1890-200046 (Sundays 2pm-4pm only)
Email: secretary@adoptionloss.ie  
Web: www.adoptionloss.ie  
Information: Voluntary self-help organisation formed in 1996 by a group of women who had been parted from their children by adoption in the past. They provide help to natural families separated by adoption. 


Mathair Áil  
Helpline: 087-6451494 (Sundays 2pm-4pm &Thursdays 7pm-9pm) 
Web:  www.mathairail.org    

Information: Mathair Áil is a group of Irish mothers who lost one or more children to adoption. They run monthly support meetings have an Internet based support group and a helpline. [Note: this organisation may not be operational at present]


Birth Parents of Adopted Children (Cork)  
Email: bpacsg@eircom.net  

Information: Support group based in Cork for natural parents of adopted children. They run quarterly support meetings and provide a telephone support service. 


Justice for Magdalenes  
Address: Claire McGettrick
Justice for Magdalenes
Co. Cavan.

Web site: www.magdalenelaundries.com  
E-mail: info@magdalenelaundries.com  
Tel: In Ireland: (353) (86) 446 3057
In the US: (1) 215-589-9329
In the UK: (44) 208-346-7479   

Information: Group formed to campaign for justice for women who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries. 


Adoptive Parents Association of Ireland (APAI)  
Co Wicklow 
Secretary: Helen Gilmartin   

Tel: 0404 45184 Fax: 0404 45700 
e-mail apai@eircom.net & helengilmartin@eircom.net  

Information: Representative association for adoptive parents. 

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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 





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