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Adoption is the transfer of all parental responsibilities from the birth parent or parents of the child to a new parent or parents. Adoption results in the complete extinguishing of the birth parents’ legal status, rights and responsibilities in relation to that child.

What is domestic adoption?

Domestic adoption is an adoption that takes place involving a child resident in Ireland to adoptive parents resident in Ireland.

What is inter-country adoption?

Inter-Country Adoption is where a child is adopted from a country outside Ireland.

The Adoption Authority outlines which countries are signatories to the Hague Convention, making them eligible for a valid adoption arrangement with an Irish child and/or Irish adoptive parents; and associated guidelines on the adoption process applicable in respect of each signatory state.

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Adoption Authority of Ireland

  • Address: Adoption Authority of Ireland, Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Tel:(01) 230 9300
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Child and Family Agency

  • Address: Child and Family Agency, Block D, Park Gate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin, Ireland
  • Tel:(01) 635 2854
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International Adoption Association (Ireland)

  • Address: International Adoption Association (Ireland), Terenure Enterprise Centre, 17 Rathfarnham Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Ireland
  • Tel:(01) 499 2206  Fax:(01) 490 3238