The legislation provides access to birth certificates, birth information, early life information, care information, and medical information.
Birth Certificates and Birth Information can include:
- Forename(s), and surname of child; Sex of child; Date and place of birth; Time of birth.
- Forename(s), surname, birth surname, address, and occupation of mother; Former surname(s) (if any) of mother; Date of birth of mother; Marital status of mother; Birth surname of mother's mother.
- Forename(s), surname, birth surname, address, and occupation of father; Former surname(s) (if any) of father; Date of birth of father; Marital status of father; Birth surname of father's mother.
- Forename(s), surname, qualification, address, and signature of informant.
- Date of registration and Signature of registrar.
Early life information in relation to a person can include:
- Where he or she lived, and for what dates.
- Where applicable, the date and place of his or her baptism or any other similar religious or spiritual ceremony performed in respect of him or her.
- His or her birth weight.
- Information on his or her health, physical or emotional development.
- Information on any medical treatments, procedures, or vaccinations.
- Information on how long his or her birth mother remained with him or her in the same place of residence.
- Information on whether the person and his or her birth mother left their first place of residence (e.g., Mother and Baby Home Institution) separately or together.
- Information on visits or communications by birth relatives.
- Information on whether the person has a birth relative1, whether living or deceased and, in the case of a birth sibling, the sex of that birth sibling and whether they are older or younger.
Care information can include:
- Information relating to the persons who cared for the relevant person,
- The location where that care was provided,
- The duration for which the person was cared for at a given location or by a given person,
- The person or entity that caused the care arrangement to be established,
- The name of any person who made arrangements for the person’s adoption, for a foster care arrangement or placed the person with prospective adopters,
- The name of any person who made arrangements for the relevant person to be nursed out or boarded out.
Medical information can include -
- information relating to a relevant person’s medical history, or the medical history of his or her birth parent or birth relative, insofar as it is relevant to a person.
Importantly, where the relevant person has died, their son or daughter will have the same right to information that relates to their parent, if the relevant person’s parents are also deceased. A next of kin can also apply for access if the relevant person died while resident as a child in a Mother and Baby or County Home Institution.