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    Social Work

    Children First and Garda Vetting

    The Children First Act 2015 was fully enacted in December 2017. The Children First Guidelines from 2011 have been updated to The Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2017.

    Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption

    What are my choices? If you have just found out that you are pregnant, you may be feeling very confused about the future and the important decisions you have to make.




    If you are interested in tracing a relative and would like to avail of counselling this service is generally provided by the agency that arranged the adoption.  Many of the old adoption agencies have closed down and their records have been transferred to Tusla ...

    Contact the Social Work tEAM

    The social work team can offer general information, advice and support about adoption related issues. Queries are welcome from members of the public as well as professionals.  



    Monitoring and Reviews of Services

    Adoption Authority social workers, administration staff and the Adoption Authority Medical Advisor work together to review and monitor each application for adoption. 


    Post Adoption Services

    The Adoption Authority of Ireland is delighted to launch this initiative - The Post Adoption Services Directory.  The purpose of the Directory is to assist people seeking post adoption services in Ireland.

    About Us

    All adoption services are regulated by the Adoption Authority of Ireland.  As part of that regulation, the social work team reviews and monitors social work practice at all stages of the lifelong adoption process, including:

        • crisis pregnancy through to decisions about adoption;
        • assessment of prospective adoptive parents;
        • matching children with suitable prospective adoptive parents;
        • talking with children about adoption;
        • providing post adoption support;
        • mediation and counselling in search and reunion.


    The Adoption Authority Social Work Team provides mediation and counselling to people who have been involved in some third party and family adoptions.  The team also offers information, advice and support about adoption related issues. Queries are welcome from members of the public as well as professionals.

    To contact the Social Work Team about any issue relating to adoption, please contact us by phone or email:

    Phone: 01 2309 306
    Outside of Ireland: +353 1 2309 306 

    Email : SW@aai.gov.ie

    Lines are open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

    We can offer general advice. If you need specific personal information, phone us and we will talk you through what to do next. 

    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."