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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.

    Your Adoption Order Hearing

    Social Work

    Domestic Adoption

    Corporate Services

    Intercountry Adoption

    Publications and Legislation

    Tracing / Information


    Latest News

    • Radio Interview, 18th July
      19 Jul 2019
      Radio Interview, 18th July

      Our CEO Patricia Carey speaking on Morning Ireland, RTE Radio 1 Thursday 18th July, discussing the 2018 Annual Report and the ongoing preparation for the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016.

      Listen here

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    • Annual Report 2018
      18 Jul 2019
      Annual Report 2018
      Click here to view infographic of our annual report 2018.
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    • Assistant Principal Officer Competition
      27 Jun 2019
      Assistant Principal Officer Competition

      The Adoption Authority of Ireland is recruiting an Assistant Principal Officer.  Click here for more information.


      The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 31st July 2019. Please see the attached documents for further details. 

      Candidate Information Booklet

      Application Form


      If you would like a Word version of the Application Form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Friday 26th July.  Include AP Competition in the subject line.

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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."