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The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) is available to provide interim emotional support to victims and survivors impacted by Mother and Baby Institutions and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland.

This support is available in confidence, and in a safe and therapeutic way, with access to listening ear support and psychological therapies.

This is a temporary arrangement until permanent support services are in place.


On the 21st June 2021, the VSS commenced a co-design process to design and develop support and services within victims and survivors.  

More information can be found here:  www.victimsservice.org/mother-baby-institutions-magdalene-laundries-workhouses/

You can contact the Victims and Survivors Service on:

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday | Contact: 028 9031 1678 | support@vssni.org


Adopt NI

Adopt NI provide independent services for any adult impacted by the lifelong journey of
adoption, especially those currently affected by the findings in the recent Mother and Baby
Home Research Report.

Adopt NI provide
• Information about post adoption services for adults in Northern Ireland (and those
with links to adoption in NI living away).
• Advice, support and signposting in relation to tracing for adoptees and birth relatives.
• Advocacy service for persons seeking information about their adoption, or the
adoption of a relative from Adoption Agencies in NI, including HSC Trusts.
• Adopt NI will operate an advice line from 9am-1pm from Monday to Thursday every
week. Telephone messages will be picked up outside of these hours. Alternatively, an email address is available and emails will be responded to within a maximum of 2 working days.

Contact details:

Call, SMS or WhatsApp: 07395 040555
Email: advice@adoptni.org

This is an evolving service and will adapt and grow to respond to the needs of its service
users, we welcome feedback at any stage.



Birth Mothers and their children for justice N.I

BMATCFJ was formed in 2013 by a small group of Birth Mothers to give support  and understanding to each other. Slowly more and more people found their way to this group enabling them to tell their life experiences in complete confidentiality and in a safe environment.

They consistently lobbied for an inquiry into the Mother and Baby Institutions and Magdalene Laundries. Meeting with Government Ministers such as Martin McGuiness and Peter Robinson. 

In 2015 the group was told that there would be a scoping exercise carried out, led by Simon Hamilton Dept of Health and later by Michelle O’Neill. This led to the Commission Report by Professor Sean O’Connell, Dr Leanne McCormick, Dr Olivia Dee and Dr John Privilege. University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast. This report was published in January and in the meantime BMATCFJ where involved in the Reference Group with Judith Gillespie. This brings us up to the present day with the Truth and Recovery Panel.

The Birth Mothers where excluded from the HIAI but with a lot of work we managed to get the under 18’s included.

A Facebook Page was set up where people can contact us for advice and support 

The group acquired Charity Status 5/5/2017. 

Our Mission Statement is as follows:

We meet regularly to organise training and events to improve health and well being of members. We provide a listening ear service to Victims and Survivors of the Mother and Baby Institutions where we try to reduce the effects of trauma by those effected directly or indirectly by these Institutions. We engage with Statutory and Voluntary Organisations to address the implications of the injustice to our members.

What the Charity provides 

Mental Health Support 
Advice Advocacy Information 
Counselling Support 
Education 
Human Rights Equality 
Victim Support 
Women and Men 
We have a Constitution drawn up by a Solicitor 

Below is the link to our private Facebook Page where we can be contacted. We welcome everyone to come join us where you will find support in a safe environment. 

Birth Mothers and their Children For Justice NI – Facebook Group

Oonagh Adele Mechelle 
and the members of BMATCFJ 


Your health

We understand that this process is likely to be difficult for you. Your health and well-being is a priority. Support will be available to you throughout. See details below:

Mental health and counselling support services are available to anyone affected by historical practice in this area. Access to help and support in your locality, including through your GP and specialised healthcare professionals, can be accessed at: 

www.mindingyourhead.info/services

Lifeline is a free, confidential telephone helpline. It is available anytime every day.

Telephone 0808 808 8000
Lifeline

In an emergency dial 999 or contact the emergency department at your local hospital.

We also invite submissions from other interested parties.