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.

Ireland Adoption Alert

Notice: U.S. – Ireland Operating Arrangement for Outgoing Adoptions of U.S. Children by Irish Prospective Adoptive Parents (June 7, 2013)

The Department of State and the Adoption Authority of Ireland have concluded discussions on an operating arrangement for Irish prospective adoptive parents to adopt children who are eligible for intercountry adoption in the United States and who will emigrate from the U.S. to Ireland under Hague Adoption Convention (Convention) procedures. The operating arrangement includes eligibility standards for prospective adoptive parents and prospective adoptive children in accordance with Irish and U.S. Convention procedures. In order to ensure that Ireland will be able to issue an Article 17 letter, adoption service providers should comply with the provisions listed here.

The Department of State will host a conference call with the Adoption Authority of Ireland and interested U.S. accredited adoption service providers who are accredited to provide outgoing adoptions service from the U.S. on June 20 2013 to address any questions and facilitate guidance on the arrangement. The Department of State will provide further details on the conference call in the near future.

Hague Convention Information

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Office of Children's Issues


November 1, 2010

Ireland Ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention

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.

Prospective adoptive parents residing in Ireland who wish to adopt from another Hague Convention country, including the United States, after November 1, 2010 should contact the Adoption Authority of Ireland to learn about the Hague Convention requirements.


Adoption Authority of Ireland Telephone from Ireland: 01-2309300 Telephone from U.S.: 011-353-1-2309300 Email: info@aai.gov.ie Website: Adoption Authority of Ireland


Ireland is considered to be a receiving country, rather than a country of origin of children adopted through intercountry adoption. Only one Irish orphan has been adopted by a U.S. citizen during the past five years.


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SOURCE

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