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    • New Research: ICA in Ireland - Vietnam
      23 Aug 2021
      New Research: ICA in Ireland - Vietnam

      Intercountry Adoption in Ireland: Experiences, Supports, Challenges

      Country Briefings: Vietnam

      The Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Authority’s Research Advisory Committee are delighted to announce the second in a series of five planned country-specific briefings. This particular research report looks at the adoption of children from Vietnam into Ireland between 1988 and 2020.

      Ms Orlaith Traynor, Chair of the Adoption Authority, said of this report:

      This is important and detailed research, showing the history of intercountry adoption in Ireland over more than 30 years, and will inform further research initiatives of the Authority."

      • Between 1988 and 2020, 914 children were adopted from Vietnam by parents resident in Ireland.
      • Adoptions from Vietnam accounted for the second largest proportion of all intercountry adoptions (ICA) into Ireland between 1988 and 2020, representing 18% of Ireland’s total current ICA population.
      • The children’s average age at adoption was 7 months prior to the Adoption Act 2010, rising to 2 years old thereafter.
      • Currently, individuals who were adopted from Vietnam into Ireland range from 3-40 years old, with 83% aged between 12 and 20. 12-15 year olds account for more than half of the total figure.

      The report in full is available here.


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    • UPDATE: Info & Tracing service on Here2Help files
      17 Aug 2021
      UPDATE: Info & Tracing service on Here2Help files

      UPDATE: Information and tracing service being provided on Here2Help files from the 1st of September 2021

      From the 1st of September 2021, the Adoption Authority of Ireland will have responsibility for the provision of a social work service to clients whose adoptions were managed by Here2Help. If clients have previously been on a waiting list for information relating to their adoption or a tracing service with Here2Help, they do not need to contact us. The AAI will take responsibility of this waiting list and their cases will be allocated to a social worker in due course. All further requests for an information and tracing service should be directed to the Information and Tracing section of the Adoption Authority.


      Contact the Information and Tracing Unit:

       Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       Telephone: 01 2309300 (option 3)

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    • AAI Annual Report 2020
      28 Jul 2021
      AAI Annual Report 2020

      Ms Orlaith Traynor, Chairperson of the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI), is pleased to announce the publication of the AAI Annual Report 2020. The report sets out in detail the activities of the Authority throughout the year and developments in adoption in Ireland.

      In a landmark year, for the first time since its establishment in 2010, the Authority used remote technology to hold adoption hearings and orders. With Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon presiding, the Board granted 39 adoption orders via Zoom during the COVID-19 lockdown. The remaining 42 of the total 81 adoption orders granted in 2020 took place in person under strict social distancing protocols. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAI operated and delivered a full service in its capacity as a quasi-judicial body.


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