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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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    • Clerical Officer Vacancies
      16 May 2022
      Clerical Officer Vacancies

      The Adoption Authority is currently recruiting Clerical Officers in conjunction with Lex Consultancy. 

      The role description is available here and the Candidate Information Booklet is available here.

      Applications should be made directly to Lex consultancy at  https://lexconsultancy.ie/job/aai-co-16307/ 

      Closing date is 12 noon on Monday 30 May 2022.

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    • New Research: ICA in Ireland - China
      10 May 2022
      New Research: ICA in Ireland - China

      Intercountry Adoption in Ireland: Experiences, Supports, Challenges

      Country Briefings -  Report 4: China

      The Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Authority's Research Advisory Committee are delighted to announce the forth in a series of five planned country-specific briefings. This particular research report looks at the adoption of children from China into Ireland between 1994 and 2019. 

      In launching the report, the Authority's Chairperson Orlaith Traynor said, 'this report is an important piece of research outlining Ireland's key adoption connection with China for the last 25-plus years; the research gives an excellent overview and provides valuable insights into China-Ireland adoption'.

      • From 1994 to 2019, 430 children were adopted from China by parents resident in Ireland.
      • Adoptions from China accounted for the fourth largest proportion of all intercountry adoptions into Ireland, representing 9% of Ireland's total current ICA population.
      • Prior to the Adoption Act 2010, the average age of children adopted from China was 1 year, 3 months. Following the introduction of the Adoption Act 2010, the average age of children adopted from China increased to 2 years, 5 months. Following the introduction of the Adoption Act 2010, the average age of children adopted from China increased to 2 years, 5 months.
      • Today, individuals who were adopted from China into Ireland range from 5 - 28 years old. The average current age of an individual adopted from China into Ireland is 18 years old.

      The report in full is available below: 

      https://aai.gov.ie/images/2022/ICA_Research_Report_4_-_China.pdf

      For more information on our research, or to be added to our mailing list, please visit https://aai.gov.ie/en/what-we-do/research.html, call call 01 2309 317, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

       

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    • New Research: ICA in Ireland - Romania
      10 May 2022
      New Research: ICA in Ireland - Romania

      Intercountry Adoption in Ireland: Experiences, Supports, Challenges

      Country Briefings -  Report 3: Romania 

      The Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Authority's Research Advisory Committee are delighted to announce the third in a series of five planned country-specific briefings. This particular research report looks at the adoption of children from Romania into Ireland between 1989 and 2003. 

      In launching the report, the Authority's Chairperson Orlaith Traynor said, 'This report shows the close adoption history between Ireland and Romania, with many children adopted from orphanages after the Ceaușescu regime. It is notable that many of these children are now adults'. 

      • Between 1989 and 2003, 808 children were adopted from Romania by parents resident in Ireland.
      • Adoptions from Romania comprise the third largest proportion of all intercountry adoptions into Ireland, and account for 16% of Ireland's total ICA population
      • The average age of a child adopted from Romania was 1 year and 5 months.
      • Today, individuals who were adopted from Romania into Ireland range from 21 - 38 years old. The average age of an adopted individual from Romania is 30 years old.

      The report in full is available below:

      https://aai.gov.ie/images/2022/ICA_Research_Report_3_-_Romania.pdf 

      For more information on our research, or to be added to our mailing list, please visit https://aai.gov.ie/en/what-we-do/research.html, call 01 2309 317, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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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."