Adopting from Ireland

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Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

About Ireland

Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The Irish famine of the mid-19th century saw the population of the island drop by one third through starvation and emigration. To learn more please read About Ireland.

Ireland Adoption Alert

There have been several adoption alerts for Ireland over the years. To learn more please read about Ireland Adoption Alerts.

Hague Convention Information

Ireland ratified the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption ( Hague Adoption Convention ) and established the new Adoption Authority of Ireland with the enactment of the Adoption Act 2010. The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Ireland on November 1, 2010. To learn more please read Ireland and the Hague Convention.


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information[1]