The Domestic Adoption Unit processes applications for Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability (a requirement for all applicants for adoption) and applications for Adoption Orders. The unit also maintains the Birth Father Register.

Domestic Adoption refers to the situation where a child who is resident in Ireland is adopted by a person or couple also resident in Ireland. The nature and effect of an Irish adoption order is that the child becomes the child of the adopter(s) with all the rights and responsibilities are transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parent(s).

Please note that Irish adoption legislation only allows for the adoption of a child. A child is defined as a person who has not yet reached eighteen years of age. It is not possible for a person eighteen years of age or older to be adopted in Ireland.

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Contact details

Domestic Adoption Unit
Adoption Authority of Ireland
3rd Floor, Shelbourne House
Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4
D04 H6F6

Telephone +353 1 2309 349



Stepfamily adoption.

Family Adoption.

Infant Adoption.

Foster care Adoption.

Published: Friday, 08 January 2016 12:00
Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:14