Northern Ireland

We provide support to adopters and prospective adopters in Northern Ireland through a dedicated office, based in Belfast. This page provides information on adoption and the kind of support we can provide for adopters in Northern Ireland.

For information on adopting in Northern Ireland

Other organisations

Adopt NI
Independent N Ireland charity providing support for adults from the adoption and looked-after population. Includes counselling and a tracing service. 

Childrens Court Guardian Agency for Northern Ireland
The ‘voice’ for children who are subjects of public law and adoption proceedings before the courts in Northern Ireland.

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI)
Umbrella organisation for the children's sector in Northern Ireland - represents the interests of the sector and provides support services to member organisations in their work with children and young people.

Children's Law Centre
Provides information and advice on children's rights and the law as it relates to children in Northern Ireland.

General Registrar Office
Office in Belfast Tel: 0300 200 7890 
Visit the website
- Takes applications for birth and adoption certificates
- Tracing and contacting birth relatives and adopted adults

NI Commissioner for Children and Young People
Includes information on children's rights.

SENAC - Special Educational Advice
SENAC provide information and advice on a range of issues including statutory assessments, statements of special educational needs, obtaining provision in school to ensure that children receive the right support and resources according to their learning needs.