Adopt NI, Reuniting families since 1989.

As part of National Adoption Week (16 – 22 October 2017) Adopt NI is encouraging adopted adults and birth family members, to access a wide range of support available to them.

Karen Scott-Harrison, Chair of Adopt NI’s Board comments:
“Adoption is a lifelong journey. We reach out to adults whose lives have been impacted by adoption. Adopt NI provides a range of support, facilitated by people with personal experience of adoption. Individuals often find that meeting someone else from within the adoption triad makes such a difference to them, wherever they are in their journey”.

Adopt NI delivers a tracing service for Social Workers in NI, alongside its own intermediary and reunion service.

Adopt NI service users have commented:
“Given a gap of 75 years this result made a huge difference to our family”. (Individual who found answers following a lengthy search for birth mother).“They went out of their way for us”.

The theme this year is siblings and *Rob, who was born in the early 1960’s, discovered a half sibling through a trace for his birth mother. Rob accessed Adopt NI’s counselling service, leading him on to trace birth family and says that he found comfort knowing Adopt NI were able to pass a message onto his birth mother. Rob added “The discovery that I had an older adopted sibling has been a pure joy. He too was traced and over the last few years we have got to know each other and are developing a close and warm relationship”.

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Notes to Editors:
1. Adopt NI was set up in 1989 in response to legislation allowing adopted adults access to original birth certificates.
2. National Adoption week runs from 16-22 October and aims to find families for some of our most vulnerable children, with focus this year on finding the right adopters for sibling groups.
3. Adopt NI runs a monthly support group, offers one to one support and counselling. In addition, we deliver the ROTS (Regional Origins Tracing Service) for Social Workers in NI and do our own private tracing, intermediary and reunion work.
4. Rob is a fictitious name used with a real case study.

Ciara Scully