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.
Please note that sections in the Children and Family Relationships Act, amending the Adoption Act 2010 have not yet been enacted.
For a Plain English summary of the changes made by the Adoption Ammendment Act (no. 19 of 2017) please click here.
Previous Legislation which was repealed by the Adoption Act 2010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Legislation which was NOT repealed by the Adoption Act 2010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)