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    • Haiti Webnotice
      02 Dec 2019
      Haiti Webnotice

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland has been closely following the current situation in Haiti with regard to the ongoing civil unrest and increasing outbreaks of violence. Following discussion with our colleagues in other Central Authorities and our accredited agency for Haiti, Helping Hands, the Authority has temporarily suspended the Haiti programme, pending the stabilisation of the political situation there.

      In the strongest possible terms, we would advise any applicants against travelling to Haiti, under any circumstances, until the situation there has been fully reviewed.

      All transitional cases with packs in Haiti will continue to be processed to the best of Helping Hands’ ability, but with due consideration and caution in respect of the safety of persons there. No further applications will be accepted for the Haiti programme for the time being.

      This webnotice/site will be updated on the basis of any updates received from Haiti/IBESR.

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    • Final Report on the Potential Introduction of Open or Semi-Open Adoption in Ireland
      19 Nov 2019
      Final Report on the Potential Introduction of Open or Semi-Open Adoption in Ireland

      The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has published a report on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland, based upon the findings of a review and consultation that the Department carried out over a period of 18 months. The review included policy and legal analysis, in addition to various forms of consultation with members of the public and key stakeholders. The full report can be viewed here.

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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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