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    Who We Are
    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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    Latest News

    • FAQs: Data Protection & GDPR
      08 Apr 2020
      FAQs: Data Protection & GDPR

      The Adoption Authority respects the right to privacy of all those who interact with us, and complies with our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

      In accordance with these obligations, and to provide our customers with a clear understanding of the key issues, we have produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Data Protection and Privacy under GDPR. 

      These FAQs may be viewed on the dedicated page on our website by clicking here.

      They are also available to download as a PDF document, by clicking here

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    • Barnardos Post Adoption Service: Ongoing Service Arrangements
      24 Mar 2020
      Barnardos Post Adoption Service: Ongoing Service Arrangements

      Barnardos Post Adoption Service  is continuing to offer services throughout the current health crisis, and has issued the following statement outlining current arrangements:

      "Barnardos Post Adoption Service is continuing to offer services throughout the current health crisis. While we cannot meet with our clients face to face, our staff are offering phone support and Skype sessions to adopted teenagers and children and their parents, as well as adopted adults and birth family members. We are finding that the Skype sessions are already being really welcomed by families around the country.

      Our phones continue to be staffed in our three centres in Dublin (01-8134000), Cork (021-2038005) and Galway (091-454489). We will call you back if we miss you! You are most welcome to phone us or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      Our post adoption helpline continues to operate at 01-4536388 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings."

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    • HHAMA notice in relation to travel & COVID-19
      19 Mar 2020
      HHAMA notice in relation to travel & COVID-19

      HHAMA is continuing to monitor the current situation in relation to COVID-19.

      As of 18 March 2020, no travel is to be undertaken to any jurisdiction / country to effect an intercountry adoption.

      The decision has been made in conjunction with the Adoption Authority, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has been informed. 

      In relation to document and dossier submissions; several of the sending authorities have closed their offices and so we continue to monitor document status in HHAMA and email scans where practical. This is a matter we continue to monitor in relation to courier services and sending countries' ability to receive packages. 

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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."