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    THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY OF IRELAND

    Welcome to the Website of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. The Adoption Authority of Ireland is an independent body established on 1 November 2010 under the Adoption Act 2010. The purpose of the Adoption Act 2010 is to improve standards in both domestic and intercountry adoption. Legal adoption was first introduced in Ireland under the 1952 Adoption Act.

     

    The 1952 Act was enacted on 1 January 1953 and the Adoption Board was established under this Act.

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    • Intercountry Adoption: Figures - AAI Releases Data on 28 Years of Adoption
      08 Jan 2020
      Intercountry Adoption: Figures - AAI Releases Data on 28 Years of Adoption

      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.

       

       

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    • **Deadline Extended to January 24 2020**Public Call for Submissions on the General Scheme of the Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill
      06 Jan 2020
      **Deadline Extended to January 24 2020**Public Call for Submissions on the General Scheme of the Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill

      The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs invites written submissions from interested groups or individuals on the General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill

      The Committee will consider any suitable written submissions and may decide to invite a number of contributors to public hearings, should it be considered necessary.

      The closing date for receipt of submissions has been extended to Friday 24 January 2020. 

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

      For further details, including how to make a submission, please click here.

       

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    • Closure of Cúnamh (formerly CPRSI) Adoption Agency
      13 Dec 2019
      Closure of Cúnamh (formerly CPRSI) Adoption Agency

      Closure of Cúnamh (formerly CPRSI) Adoption Agency

      Please see link to Cúnamh website:

      http://www.cunamh.com/

       

       

      Due to the closure of Cúnamh, the agency’s files were transferred to the Adoption Authority of Ireland in mid-December 2019. These files include open information and trace cases and a waiting list for those requesting an information and tracing service.

       

      It is the intention of the Adoption Authority to provide a service to anyone whose information was held by Cúnamh. The Authority will do so as soon as relevant procedures are in place. The Authority hopes to be in a position to contact persons whose cases are open and those on the waiting list in early 2020. New enquiries for those seeking a service related to the Cúnamh files can be made using the details below.

       

      Adoption Authority of Ireland

      Shelbourne House

      Shelbourne Road,

      Ballsbridge

      Dublin 4

      D04 H6F6

       

      Phone (from Ireland): 01 230 9300

      Phone (from outside Ireland): +353 1 230 9300

       

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

       

      Web site: aai.gov.ie

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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."