Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Adoption Services

Adoption is the process whereby a child becomes a member of a new family, and adoption is a service for children. It creates a permanent, legal relationship between the adoptive parents and the child.

In recent years, adopting an Irish child has become increasingly rare. Many prospective parents now look abroad to adopt a child. This process is called intercountry adoption.

The Child and Family Agency plays an important role in assessing possible adoptive parents and we also provide services to people who were adopted or fostered and may wish to trace their birth family.

From November 1st  2010, all adoption applications must be sent to a local Child and Family Agency office. The Child and Family Agency may contract services out to agencies accredited by the Adoption Authority.

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