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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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    • Adoption from Foster Care Study - Participants Needed!
      07 Oct 2019
      Adoption from Foster Care Study - Participants Needed!

      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

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    • Vacancy - Legal Advisor / Solicitor
      04 Oct 2019
      Vacancy - Legal Advisor / Solicitor
      The Adoption Authority of Ireland is recruiting a solicitor with broad experience in family and child law. Click here for more information and details of how to apply. 

      The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 21st October 2019 at 12 noon
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    • Back to School Support Evening for Adoptive Parents
      02 Oct 2019
      Back to School Support Evening for Adoptive Parents

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

      Click here for further information. 

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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."