Mother and Baby Homes

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is establishing a Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and people with comparable experiences in County Homes. The Forum aims to support former residents to actively contribute to decisions on matters concerning them and their families.

The Charter for the Forum (pdf) sets out its general functions and provides a framework for its programme of work.

Former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes are invited to apply for membership of the Forum. The Forum is also open to family members of former residents and people providing related supports or advocacy services.

To apply, download and complete the application form (.doc). If you would like help to complete the application form, you can call (01) 6473200.

You can return your completed form by emailing it to or posting it to Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 43-49 Mespil Road, FREEPOST F5055, Dublin 4.

Read more about the Forum on or in the Department’s information note (pdf).