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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 - Medical Advisor
      24 Jun 2020
      Vacancy - Medical Advisor

      A General Practitioner with broad experience in paediatrics, adult occupational disabilities, child and adult psychiatry is required to advise the Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) on medical matters arising in the processing of adoption applications.

      Please click here for further information. 

      To apply, please send a CV and expression of interest before 5pm on July 8th 2020 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Please put Medical Advisor in the subject line of the email. 

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    • Covid-19 Update: AAI Service Update 18 May 2020
      18 May 2020
      Covid-19 Update: AAI Service Update 18 May 2020

      From Monday 18 May 2020, the Adoption Authority of Ireland is resuming the majority of its activities, and all units are available for contact during office hours, 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

      To contact the Adoption Authority by telephone, please call 01-230 9300 and select the relevant unit.

      Units may also be contacted by email:

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    • Remote Adoption Hearings
      18 May 2020
      Remote Adoption Hearings

      Adoption Authority of Ireland hears the voice of the child at remote adoption hearings

      On 12 May, the Adoption Authority of Ireland held adoption hearings using remote technology for the first time since its establishment. The remote hearings led by Adoption Authority Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon were necessitated by the current Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

      The Authority is very happy to be able to progress adoption applications by way of remote hearings for children, whose best interests are at all times the paramount consideration for the Authority. Given the urgent and sensitive work carried out by the Authority, it will continue its commitment to ensuring that there is no delay in processing adoption applications as it carries out its functions as a quasi-judicial body in these challenging times.

      CEO Patricia Carey said:

      "It is critical that there is no delay in hearing adoption applications, Therefore the Board of the Authority, led by the Adoption Authority Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon, has adapted its procedures to use remote technology. The remote hearings have been designed to ensure that all participants can give formal evidence remotely while maintaining the integrity of the adoption system including the legal proofs required". 

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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."