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    AOIFE'S ADOPTION ORDER HEARING DAY
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    WHAT I HAD TO SAY AT MY ADOPTION ORDER HEARING

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    INFORMATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT
    ADOPTION ORDER HEARINGS
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    INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN ABOUT
    ADOPTION ORDER HEARINGS

    ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

    What is the Adoption Authority of Ireland?

    The Adoption Authority of Ireland is responsible for deciding on all adoptions in Ireland and for making adoption orders.

    What is an adoption order hearing?
    Do I have to attend the hearing?
    Where does the hearing take place
    How long does the hearing take?
    Who else goes to my adoption hearing orders?
    Do I need to do anything to get ready for the hearing?
    Do I need to bring anything with me?
    Do I need to wear anything in particular for the hearing?
    If I am more comfortable using a different language to English, will the Adoption Authority get a translator for me?
    If I have a disability, will the Adoption Authority help with any needs I have when I go to the adoption order hearing?
    What happens when we arrive at the Adoption Authority?

    1. You come in and sit in our waiting area with your family.

    2. An Adoption Authority Board member will come and say hello to you all.

    3. They will bring you and your family to one of our family rooms.

    4. They will explain what will happen in the adoption order hearing.

    5. They will make sure they have the correct information about you and your family.

    6. They will ask you what you think about being adopted.

    7. They will ask you if you have any questions and try to answer your questions.

    8. They will bring you into the room where the hearing takes place.

    Who will be in the room when the hearing itself is happening?
    What are the people at an adoption order hearing there to do?
    What do these people know about me, and what I think about being adopted?
    What happens during the adoption order hearing?
    Can I ask questions during the adoption order hearing if I am not sure about something?
    Is the adoption order hearing the end of the adoption process?
    Can we take photos during the hearing?
    Who can I contact at the Adoption Authority if I have any other questions about the hearing?
    At the end of every adoption the

    adopted child will receive a small memento of the special occasion

    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."