Adopting from THAILAND


Ireland and the Kingdom of Thailand are signatories to the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

Article 2 of the Hague Convention states that the Convention shall apply where a child habitually resident in one Contracting State (e.g. Thailand) has been, is being, or is to be moved to another Contracting State (e.g. Ireland) either after his or her adoption in the State of origin by spouses or a person habitually resident in the receiving State, or for the purposes of such an adoption in the receiving State or in the State of origin. The Convention covers only adoptions which create a permanent parent-child relationship.

Under the Convention the following procedures apply –

The Adoption Authority of Ireland* sends an Article 15 Assessment Report on the prospective adoptive parent(s) to the National Central Authority of the country of origin.

The National Central Authority of the country of origin matches the child with prospective adoptive parent(s) and sends an Article 16 Child Study report to the Adoption Authority of Ireland for consideration.

The Adoption Authority of Ireland sends an Article 17 Child Placement Agreement Notice to the National Central Authority of the country of origin for the child to be placed with the prospective adoptive parents.

Following placement of the child with the PAPs, they may bring the child to Ireland. Following the completion of a number of post-placement pre-adoption reports, the Thai authorities may decide that the child can be adopted by the prospective adoptive parents. Thai adoptions are finalised at the Thai embassy in London, England. Prospective adoptive parents should ensure that the Authority’s Declaration of Eligibility & Suitability extends to the date of adoption.

Following the granting of an Adoption Order the National Central Authority of the country of origin issues an Article 23 Certificate confirming that the adoption has been effected in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 1993 Hague Convention.


Prospective adoptive parents are advised that adoptions from Thailand may be ‘simple’ adoptions, i.e. they may not terminate the pre-existing legal parent-child relationship. The adoption will be regarded as a simple adoption unless the Article 23 Certificate (issued by the Thai authorities under the 1993 Hague Convention) states that the adoption is a ‘full/plenary’ adoption.


Currently, the Adoption Authority of Ireland transmits the prospective adoptive parents’ ‘dossier’ to Thailand free of charge (excl. courier costs). This arrangement may change in the future if the facilitation service is delegated to an Irish based Accredited Body.

  • In-country programme fee € NIL (excl. cost of passport)

Profile of children available for adoption

  • Male and female children are generally available but referral times for males is shorter
  • Age is generally +2years of age

Profile of prospective adoptive parents

  • Salaries should not be lower than the Irish industrial wage
  • No upper weight limit but weight is a consideration


The number of children adopted into Ireland from Thailand in recent years is as follows – 

YEAR 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
NUMBER OF CHILDREN 4 1 2 0 2 5 6



Prospective adoptive parents should satisfy themselves that any persons acting on their behalf are duly authorised by the appropriate National Central Authority to carry out the functions for which they are engaged.

Prospective adoptive parents are advised to seek independent legal advice prior to effecting an adoption.

Prospective adoptive parents should not take custody of a child or accept a placement prior to the Adoption Authority of Ireland issuing an Article 17 Placement Agreement Notice.

When a child enters the State for the first time after his or her adoption, the adopters must notify Tulsa - The Child and Family Agency and the Adoption Authority of Ireland of the child’s entry as soon as practicable and, in any event, not later than three (3) months after the date of entry. Failure to so notify is a criminal offence.

Not later than three (3) months after the date when a child first enters the State after his or her intercountry adoption in another state, the adopters must apply to the Adoption Authority of Ireland to have the particulars of the adoption entered into the Register of Intercountry Adoptions (RICA). Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Applications for an entry in the RICA must be accompanied by an Article 23 certificate issued by a National Central Authority or by an Accredited Body duly authorised to do so by a National Central Authority.

Any adoptions effected outside these parameters will not be recognised by the AAI.


For further information contact
Adoption Authority of Ireland
Intercountry Adoption Unit
Shelbourne House
Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4
Tel.       +353 (0)1 2309300
Fax.      +353 (0)1 6671438

Published: Friday, 08 January 2016 12:37
Last Updated: Monday, 27 March 2017 09:29