Origins Service for survivors of Industrial “Schools”

Who can apply to the Origins Service?
Origins is for people (and their families) who spent all or part of their childhood in an Irish industrial School and are interested in tracing information about their parents, siblings or other relatives. The service is available to people in Ireland and abroad.

What does Origins do?
Experienced professional staff, offer advice, support and mediation in your search for your family of origin. Around 50% of the cases dealt with by the Origins team have led to reunion with their family of origin. Many of these cases involved reuniting sisters and brothers who were separated as children.

The service is completely confidential. There is no charge for the service as it is funded by the Department of Education and Science.

We wish to ensure that everyone who is entitled to our service has the opportunity to avail of it.

Contacting Us
A: Barnardos, Hyde Square, 654 Sth. Circular Rd. Dublin 8
T: 01 453 0355 (for residents abroad, please call +353 1 453 0355)



Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in 1962 and is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity.


Barnardos Family Tracing Service | Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin 


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