Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Children eligible for adoption

To be eligible to be adopted, the child in question must reside in the State, and be; at the date of the making of the adoption order, at least 6 weeks old and less than 18 years of age.

In a case of a step parent adoption, the child must have had a home with the child ’ s parent and that step parent, for a continuous period of no less than 2 years at the date of the application for the adoption order. In any other case, the child must have been in the care of the applicants for a prescribed period, as set out in the Adoption Act 2010 and Adoption Amendment Act 2017

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