The Adoption Act 2010 commenced on 1st November 2010. This coincided with Ireland's formal ratification of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. The Adoption Authority was also established on that day. The purpose of the Adoption Act, 2010, is to improve standards in both domestic and Inter-country adoption. The regulatory framework governing adoption has been strengthened in an attempt to ensure that the best interests of children are protected at every step throughout the adoption process. With effect from 1 November 2010 inter-country adoptions can be effected with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention or with which Ireland has bilateral agreement.

Primary Legislation

Adoption Act 2010 (No 21 of 2010)

Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (No 5 of 2015)

Please note that sections in the Children and Family Relationships Act, amending the Adoption Act 2010 have not yet been enacted.

 

Statutory Instruments

S.I. 518 of 2010 Adoption Act 2010 (Section 85) (Fees) Regulations 2010

S.I. 519 of 2010 Adoption Act 2010 (consent to Adoption Order) (Forms) Regulations 2010

S.I. 520 of 2010 Adoption Act 2010 (Pre-Placement Consultation Procedure) Regulation 2010

S.I. 521 of 2010 Adoption Act 2010 (Register of Intercountry Adoptions) Regulations 2010

S.I. 524 of 2010 Adoption Act 2010 (Accredited Bodies) Regulations 2010

Section 1, Adoption Act, 1991 definition of foreign adoption

S.I. 534 of 2015 Adoption Act 2010 (Register of Gender Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions) Regulations 2015

Previous Legislation which was repealed by the Adoption Act 2010 

Adoption Act, 1952  (No 25 of 1952) 
Adoption Act, 1964 (No 2 of 1964)
Adoption Act, 1974 (No 24 of 1974) 
Adoption Act, 1976 (No 29 of 1976) 
Adoption Act, 1988 (No 30 of 1988)  
Adoption Act, 1991 (No 14 of 1991) 
Adoption Act, 1998 (No 10 of 1998) 
Adoption Rules, 1998 (S.I. No 304 of 1998) 
Adoption Rules, 1990 (S.I. 170 of 1990) 
 


Legislation which was NOT repealed by the Adoption Act 2010 

Sixth Amendment of the Constitution (Adoption) Act, 1979 

Justice (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1982 (S.I. No. 327 of 1982) 

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