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    02 Dec 2019

    Haiti Webnotice

    The Adoption Authority of Ireland has been closely following the current situation in Haiti with regard to the ongoing civil unrest and increasing outbreaks of violence. Following discussion with our colleagues in other Central Authorities and our accredited agency for Haiti, Helping Hands, the Authority has temporarily suspended the Haiti programme, pending the stabilisation of the political situation there.

    In the strongest possible terms, we would advise any applicants against travelling to Haiti, under any circumstances, until the situation there has been fully reviewed.

    All transitional cases with packs in Haiti will continue to be processed to the best of Helping Hands’ ability, but with due consideration and caution in respect of the safety of persons there. No further applications will be accepted for the Haiti programme for the time being.

    This webnotice/site will be updated on the basis of any updates received from Haiti/IBESR.

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has published a report on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland, based upon the findings of a review and consultation that the Department carried out over a period of 18 months. The review included policy and legal analysis, in addition to various forms of consultation with members of the public and key stakeholders. The full report can be viewed here.

    Participants are needed to take part in a study on adoption from foster care in Ireland. The study is looking for people aged 20 - 25 years old, who were adopted by their foster carers at age 16 or 17. 

    While this study is in no way connected to the AAI, the Authority is supportive of new research into the area of adoption in Ireland. The design of this study by TCD PhD candidate Sinéad Whiting has received ethical approval from the relevant research ethics committees at TCD and Tusla.  Should you wish to take part, please contact Sinéad directly.

    Information on how to contact Sinéad to participate may be viewed here

    Further information for participants is available here

    Places available on Barnardos “Back to School” support evening on Tuesday 8 October 2019

    Click here for further information. 

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    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)



    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

    Click here to view infographic of our annual report 2018.

    The full report can be found here.

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