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    Intercountry Adoption in Ireland: Experiences, Supports Challenges. Country Briefings: Russia

    Intercountry Adoption in Ireland: Experiences, Supports Challenges. Country Briefings: Russia

    The Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Authority’s Research Advisory Committee are delighted to announce the publication of the second in a series of short research reports. Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Chairman of the Adoption Authority, said of this programme of research:

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

    This particular research report looks at the adoption of children from Russia into Ireland between 1992 and 2014.


    ·         Between 1992 and 2014, 1628 children were adopted from Russia by parents habitually resident in Ireland.

    ·         Adoptions from Russia accounted for the largest proportion of all intercountry adoptions into Ireland between 1991 and 2019, representing 33% of Ireland’s total intercountry adopted population.

    ·         The child’s average age at adoption was 1 year and 8 months.

    ·         Current Age, October 2020: 92% of this group are currently aged between 10 and 22, with 13-18 year olds accounting for over half of the total figure. The mean current age of a child adopted from Russia into Ireland is just over 16 and a half years old.

    ·         The population of Russian ICA individuals living in Ireland today came from a relatively homogenous background of institutionalised care, and are likely to have faced a number of early challenges.

    ·         The report in full is available below:



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