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    Who We Are
    the adoption authority of ireland


    Welcome to the Website of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. The Adoption Authority of Ireland is an independent body established on 1 November 2010 under the Adoption Act 2010. The purpose of the Adoption Act 2010 is to improve standards in both domestic and intercountry adoption. Legal adoption was first introduced in Ireland under the 1952 Adoption Act.


    The 1952 Act was enacted on 1 January 1953 and the Adoption Board was established under this Act.

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    Latest News

    • Barnardos new National Post Adoption Service
      15 Aug 2019
      Barnardos new National Post Adoption Service

      Click here for information on upcoming workshops







      Barnardos have been very busy establishing their new National Post Adoption Service.

      There are some places left on the Autumn workshops for parents, children and teenagers - details and registration found below.

      The teenagers workshop is coming up shortly in Galway!



      Raising Adopted Teenagers - Cork

      When: Thursday 26th September 2019, 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm

      Venue: SMA Wilton Parish Community Centre

      Suitable for: Adoptive parents

      More details & booking 





       The Different Parts of Me - Galway

      When: Thursday 22nd August 2019, 11:00 am- 1:30 pm

      Venue: Barnardos, “The Sanctuary”, 27 Chois Chlair, Claregalway

      Suitable for: Adopted teens 13-15 years old

      More details & booking - hurry, only 2 places left!


      Let’s Think About Adoption - Galway

      When: Wednesday 30th October 2019, 10:00 am- 1.00 pm

      Venue: Barnardos, “The Sanctuary”, 27 Chois Chlair, Claregalway

      Suitable for: Adopted children aged 8-11 (and parents together)

      More details & booking




      Back to school support evening

      When: Tuesday 8th October 2019, 7.15pm – 9.15pm 

      Venue:  Avila Centre, Bloomfield Ave, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook Dublin 4

      Suitable for: Adoptive parents

      More details & booking


      The next birth mothers support course will start on Monday 4th November in Dublin - more details and register your interest.


      Further trainings and groups will be offered by Barnardos Post Adoption Service in 2020.


      If you have any questions about these events, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Barnardos, via: 

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


      Phone: 01 813 4100 (Barnardos Dublin Post Adoption Service) or 0212038005 (Barnardos Cork Post Adoption Service) or 091454489 (Barnardos Galway Post Adoption Service)



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    • Radio Interview, 18th July
      19 Jul 2019
      Radio Interview, 18th July

      Our CEO Patricia Carey speaking on Morning Ireland, RTE Radio 1 Thursday 18th July, discussing the 2018 Annual Report and the ongoing preparation for the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016.

      Listen here

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    • Annual Report 2018
      18 Jul 2019
      Annual Report 2018

      Click here to view infographic of our annual report 2018.

      The full report can be found here.

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    Mission Statement

    " To ensure the provision of the highest possible standards of adoption related services, throughout the lifelong adoption process, with the best interests of children as the first and paramount objective."