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    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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    • Vacancy: Intercountry Adoption(ICA) Tracing Professionally Qualified Social Worker - Permanent
      26 Jan 2023
      Vacancy: Intercountry Adoption(ICA) Tracing Professionally Qualified Social Worker - Permanent

       

      The Adoption Authority is recruiting for an Intercountry Adoption(ICA) Tracing Professionally Qualified Social Worker - Permanent .

      The role description is available here, and in the Irish language here.

      The Candidate Information Booklet is available here.

      The Application Form is available here.

      Closing date is 12 noon on Wednesday 15 February 2023

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    • Permanent Executive Officer (HR)
      10 Jan 2023
      Permanent Executive Officer (HR)

       

      The Adoption Authority is recruiting for a Permanent Executive Officer (HR)

      The role description is available here, and in the Irish language here.

      The Candidate Information Booklet is available here.

      The Application Form is available here.

      Closing date is 12 noon on Monday 30 January 2023

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    • Upcoming Barnardos Adult Post Adoption Groups
      23 Dec 2022
      Upcoming Barnardos Adult Post Adoption Groups

      Please see below information on upcoming Barnardos Post Adoption Groups 

       

      Groups for Adopted Adults 

      • On Tuesday the 24th of January 2023 we will be holding a support group for adopted adults from our Head Office in Christchurch Square, Dublin. This group will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

      • The purpose of this group will be to provide a safe and confidential space for adopted adults to meet and share their experiences with each other and avail of support. 

      • If you are interested in attending this course please register by emailing your interest along with your name and contact number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


      For Groups for Individuals Subject of an Illegal Birth Registration  

      • We plan to facilitate a 6-week therapeutic group for individuals subject of an illegal birth registration. This course will run on Tuesdays for six weeks from 31st January to 18th April 2023 from our Head Office in Christchurch Square, Dublin. This group will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This course is designed around therapeutic group practice, a reflective therapeutic space for those whose births were illegally registered. Developed for those who discovered this information either in their childhood or more recently as adults.

      • Course dates: 31st January 2023, 14th February 2023, 28th February 2023, 14th March 2023, 28th March 2023, 18th of April 2023

      • For more information and details of how to register for this course please see details on our website Illegal Birth Registrants Therapeutic Support Course... (barnardos.ie) 

      • We also plan to hold an online support group for individuals subject of an illegal birth registration on Thursday 26th of January 2023 from 7.30pm - 9pm. This meeting is open to adults who were illegally registered at birth.

      • If you are interested in attending this course please register by emailing your interest along with your name and contact number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Groups for Birth Mothers  

      • On Wednesday the 8th of February 2023 we will be holding a confidential, in person support course for birth mothers in Cork from our Cork Regional Office, Meade Street, Cork. This group will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The purpose of the course is to provide a safe space for women whose children have been adopted. The meeting provides an opportunities for women to meet with others who have shared common experiences and avail of support. 

      • To register please email your name and contact number to our Post Adoption Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Post Adoption Service office in confidence for further information at (021) 2038005.

      • On Monday 13th of February 2023 we will be holding a confidential, in person support course for birth mothers in Dublin from our Head Office in Christchurch Square, Dublin. This group will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The purpose of the course is to provide a safe space for women whose children have been adopted. The meeting provides an opportunities for women to meet with others who have shared common experiences and avail of support. 

      • To register please email your name and contact number to our Post Adoption Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Post Adoption Service office in confidence for further information at (01) 8134100.

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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."