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



As part of our campaign of alerting the general population about closed, secret adoption, we are suggesting answers for key questions that effect adopted people. These are merely suggestions and they may not apply to you so please consider carefully before using our suggestions.

Q1 Name
If you know your original name (from your Birth Cert), you could insert this after your adoptive name (the one that you grew up with).

Q3 Date of Birth
If you are one of those adopted people who knows or suspects that your date of birth was altered, (which was not uncommon for births falsely registered) insert a note to that effect along the lines of “Exact birth date unknown; falsified by “Named Person” or “persons unknown” when my birth was falsely registered prior to my adoption in YYYY.”

Q6 Place of Birth
If you are one of those adopted people whose Adoption Certificate says you were born in Dublin 4 (the location of the Registrar of the Adoption Board) and you have reason to believe that this is untrue; insert a note saying “my place of birth falsified by the Irish Adoption Board (now known as the Adoption Authority); refer to Registrar of the Adoption Authority for verification.”

Note: For many years, the Adoption Board inserted “Dublin 4” into “Place of Birth” on the majority of Adoption Certificates (which we use in lieu of a Birth Certificate) simply because it is the location of the Registrar of the Adoption Authority (formerly the Adoption Board).

Q11 Ethnic or Cultural Background
If you don’t know the ethnicity or cultural background of EITHER your natural mother OR natural father (approx 95% of adopted adults don’t know the identity of their natural fathers), select “Other” and insert a note along the lines of “Parentage not known/Father’s identity not known – kept secret by Irish Adoption Authority – refer to their files (and/or those of “Adoption Agency”).

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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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