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    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:

    https://aai.gov.ie/images/2020/Intercountry_Adoption_in_Ireland_-_Experiences_Supports_Challenges_-_Russia.pdf  

     

    For more information on our research, or to be added to our mailing list, please visit

     www.aai.gov.ie/en/what-we-do/research.html, call 01 2309 300, or email

     

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    SUMMARY REPORT OF Children First Compliance report 2019/2020 

    The Adoption Authority’s Children First procedures are detailed in the Authority’s Child Safeguarding Statement. This has been updated in accordance with The Children First Act 2015 and The Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017. A Risk Assessment and Child Safeguarding Statement form part of the child protection procedures in the Adoption Authority.

    An annual Child Protection compliance report is sent to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Adoption Policy Unit.

    The Adoption Authority of Ireland does not provide direct services to children so there is limited contact with children, and children are supervised at all times by their parent or carer when in the Authority’s offices. It is policy within the organisation that staff, including Board members, Executive Staff, in house Solicitor and Medical Advisor also have access to confidential information about children, undergo regular Garda vetting. Child protection issues are routed through the Children First Designated Liaison Person to the appropriate Tusla personnel.

    Child protection concerns can come to the notice of the Authority through the mediation and counselling provided for the National Adoption Contact Preference Register; through reviews of assessments for adoption; or can be received through duty calls, letters and emails.

    Adoption service providers accredited by the AAI have written policies and procedures on Children First guidelines and these policies are noted to be current at review and accreditation times.

    The agencies currently holding a valid accreditation are: Pact, HHAMA, St. Brigid’s and Barnardos

    The Adoption Authority Children First Designated Liaison Person details:

    Katie Harrigan, Senior Social Work Practitioner, AAI, tel 01 2309 318, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Children First Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Nicole Scannell, Social Work Team Leader, AAI tel 01 2309 322, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Functions of the Children First Designated Liaison Person are also undertaken by Social Workers on in the organisation during specified times, Monday to Friday. Under the Children First Act 2015, all social workers and the Medical Advisor at the Authority, are Mandated Persons for the purposes of reporting issues of child protection above a certain threshold to relevant Tusla personnel.

    All Authority Board members and executive staff who have access to confidential information about children, are Garda vetted every 2 years. New staff members are vetted on entry to the Authority every 2 years. New vetting policy and procedures are being carried out in compliance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016.

    The Garda Vetting Officer in the AAI is Fiona Monaghan, Head of Compliance and Resources. Contact details are Fiona Monaghan, Head of Compliance and Resources, tel 01 2309 347, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Children First Compliance report summarises the number and type of calls to the social work phone line covering a one-year period (1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.)

    Here2Help's Information and Tracing Service closed permanently on 30/06/2020.

    Here2Help's Crisis Pregnancy and Post Termination Counselling Services closed permanently on 31/12/2019.

    If you are seeking unplanned pregnancy advice or abortion aftercare, please contact the My Options helpline on freephone 1800828010 or www.myoptions.ie

    Here2Help, accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) provided an Information and Tracing service to those whose records were held by the Agency. It is with great regret that the Board of Here2Help made the decision to close this service in 2020.

    The decision to close resulted from the increasing costs and challenges for a small Agency to continue to provide a professional social work service and to comply with the governance requirements of the Charity Regulator; the funding agency, Tusla; and the Adoption Authority of Ireland. 

    A phased closure of the Information and Tracing service commenced in January 2020 and the service closed on 30 June 2020. The Agency can no longer respond to any new enquiries after this date. 

    Anybody wishing to submit an enquiry on or after 1 July 2020 may do so to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An acknowledgement only will issue, and the request will be transferred to the new Agency who will provide an Information & Tracing Service once the details and all legal issues have been resolved. No Information and Tracing services are available from Here2Help. 

    The Administration Team are in discussions with the AAI to agree where the service, wait list, files and records will transfer to. Information about the new service provider will be posted here on the conclusion of these discussions and details will be posted here. 

     

     

    Following the launch of the Adoption Authority of Ireland's 2019 Annual Report, CEO Patricia Carey spoke on RTE Radio One about the Report, in addition to the Adoption Authority's achievements this year, in continuing to provide a full public service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The interview can be listened to at this link: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21816822

     

    Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Chairman of the Adoption Authority, is pleased to announce the publication of the Authority’s Annual Report 2019 at https://aai.gov.ie/images/AAI_Annual_Report_2019_FINAL.pdf The report details the activities of the Authority throughout the year and developments in adoption in Ireland.

     The report shows that a total of 79 domestic adoption orders were granted in 2019, the majority of those to step-parent applicants – showing the impact of provisions in the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017 that dispense with the requirement for both a parent and step-parent to apply to adopt the child. Forty-eight Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability were granted to applicants seeking to adopt abroad. The Authority received 560 applications to the voluntary register that mediates contact between adoptees and birth relatives, the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. The total number of entries was over 14,500 by year end. In 115 cases, a potential match was identified between the applicants and birth family members who had previously joined the Register.

    Key events of 2019 for the AAI

    •  Dr Judy Lovett joined the Authority as Research Officer in August and, together with the Research Advisory Committee and Board, agreed an ambitious three-year research strategy for the AAI.
    •  The AAI launched its revamped website and new electronic document management system.
    •  The Authority received a Champions of Plain English award from the National Adult Literacy Agency.
    •  The AAI received into its care approximately 13,000 adoption files and records from Cúnamh Adoption Agency (formerly the Catholic Protection and Rescue Society of Ireland, established in 1913).

     

     

     

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill 3 vacancies on the Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. 

    Please refer to the Information Booklet for the statutory requirements for these positions

    Full details are available at: http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/122720.htm

    Appointment to be made by the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs. 

    Closing Date:  15:00 on Friday 28th August 2020

    Chairperson

    Essential: 

    • In depth knowledge and experience in Irish and International Adoption and Child Law
    • Strong communications and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with key stakeholders and develop and maintain a strong relationship between the board and the executive
    • Independence of thought, possessing sound judgement
    • A strong commitment to public service
    • Proven strategic leadership capability and change management experience
    • Experience of Chairing a Board or previous Board Membership.

    Desirable:

    • Corporate Governance experience and expertise
    • Relevant management experience
    • Experience in a relevant regulatory environment
    • Media skills/experience
    • Risk management experience.

    Deputy Chairperson

    Essential:

    • In depth knowledge/experience in Irish and International Adoption and Child Law
    • Demonstrable experience of challenging opinion where appropriate/necessary
    • A strong commitment to public service
    • Experience of Board Membership

    Desirable:

    • Corporate Governance experience and expertise
    • Relevant management experience
    • Experience in a relevant regulatory environment
    • Media skills/experience
    • Risk management

    Ordinary Member

    Essential:

    • Appropriate training in psychology
    • Knowledge and experience of child protection and child welfare issues
    • Relevant management/professional experience.

    Desirable:

    • Knowledge/experience of Irish and intercountry adoption
    • Corporate governance
    • Experience of board membership
    • Experience in a relevant regulatory environment
    • Risk management
    • Experience of psychology in practice

    From Monday 18 May 2020, the Adoption Authority of Ireland is resuming the majority of its activities, and all units are available for contact during office hours, 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

    To contact the Adoption Authority by telephone, please call 01-230 9300 and select the relevant unit.

    Units may also be contacted by email:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Adoption Authority of Ireland hears the voice of the child at remote adoption hearings

    On 12 May, the Adoption Authority of Ireland held adoption hearings using remote technology for the first time since its establishment. The remote hearings led by Adoption Authority Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon were necessitated by the current Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

    The Authority is very happy to be able to progress adoption applications by way of remote hearings for children, whose best interests are at all times the paramount consideration for the Authority. Given the urgent and sensitive work carried out by the Authority, it will continue its commitment to ensuring that there is no delay in processing adoption applications as it carries out its functions as a quasi-judicial body in these challenging times.

    CEO Patricia Carey said:

    "It is critical that there is no delay in hearing adoption applications, Therefore the Board of the Authority, led by the Adoption Authority Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon, has adapted its procedures to use remote technology. The remote hearings have been designed to ensure that all participants can give formal evidence remotely while maintaining the integrity of the adoption system including the legal proofs required". 

    The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) has partnered with Empowering People in Care (EPIC) for a children's art competition.

    IFCA and EPIC are seeking photos, paintings or drawings from children and young people that show what life is like while staying at home and staying safe.

    There are three categories, open to all foster and birth children:

    Under 5's

    Ages 5 - 9

    Ages 9 - 13

    Prizes are One4All vouchers, with three prizes in each category.

    Send entries to:

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

    or

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

    Entrants are asked not to send photos of identifiable people. Winners will be notified by email and artwork will be posted on social media. 

    Final date for entries 1st May 2020

    Please click here for further details. 

    Barnardos services to parents, children and teenagers are being evaluated by a research team with Queens University Belfast. As part of this evaluation, a survey will be sent out to all parents who have signed up on the Barnardos webpage at https://www.barnardos.ie/sign-up-to-post-adoption-emails

    Barnardos welcomes families to register on the page so that they can take part in the survey which is designed towards improving Barnardos' post adoption service to families. 

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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."

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