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    08 Jan 2020

    Intercountry Adoption: Figures - AAI Releases Data on 28 Years of Adoption

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    The Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Authority's Research Subcommittee are delighted to announce the publication of the first in a series of short research reports.

    The research report covers adoptions from January 1991 - September 2019.


    Key Points:

    • 4, 989 intercountry adoptions were approved between January 1991 and September 2019
    • January 1991 - October 2010: 4382 intercountry adoptions from 33 countries.
      • 83% of these children came from just 5 countries: Russia, Romania, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia. 
    • November 2010 - September 2019: 707 intercountry adoptions from 23 countries.
      • 80% of these children came from just 5 countries: Russia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, USA and China.
    • The report also shows the current ages of the adopted individuals:
      •  The vast majority of those adopted are currently aged 6 - 16
      • There is a large number of adults in the 29 - 31 age bracket.


    Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Chairman of the Adoption Authority, said:

    "This is important and detailed research, showing the history of intercountry adoption on Ireland for almost 30 years, and will inform further research by the Authority". 


    Click here to access the report in full. 

    For more information on our research, please visit the research section of our website here, call 01-2309 300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



    Last modified on 14 Dec 2020

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