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Can I have IVF treatment and apply for adoption at the same time?

Having both IVF treatment and being in the adoption process, is seen by some couples as having a backup plan ready in case the first one fails. Experts and therapists involved in both infertility and adoption are in disagreement over allowing or encouraging couples to pursue both paths at the same time.

Adoption agencies fear that if a couple is able to conceive via IVF treatment, they will be reluctant to continue in the adoption process, which could jeopardise a successful placement for the child concerned. Therapists worry that if the IVF treatment fails, the adopting couple will be grieving over the loss of a potential birth child. This can impact negatively on the bonding process that is so vital between the adopted child and the new parents.  There is also concern that if a couple manages to have a natural born child after the adoption has gone through, the adopted child is treated as second-best.

Many adoption agencies do not allow their applicants to be on infertility treatments while in the adoption process. Domestic adoptions are less likely to happen for couples with IVF treatments. It is felt that couples who are involved in both processes at the same time, have not come to terms with the loss involved in being infertile.
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Irish parents now have three new international adoption options which may make getting the child they want a little bit easier.
International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with Irish adoption laws.
The Thai Child Adoption Centre in Bangkok works with the Irish Adoption Board to process all adoption requests for Thai children.
Adopting a child from the Philippines is a much smoother process than adopting a child from China or Vietnam.
Some couples are not ready to give up trying to have a natural birth child and will want to continue IVF treatment during the adoption process.
Intercountry adoption is a difficult process and at the moment, there is no effective bilateral agreement between the Vietnamese government and Ireland.
The adoption process for babies and children born in China is handled by the China Centre of Adoption Affairs (CCAA).
While the criteria for fostering are not as strenuous as those for adoption, there are still certain requirements you need to fulfil in order to be considered.
Foster care provides for the temporary or permanent care of children who for one reason or another, cannot live with their own family.
Adoption is a major decision, and one that no one should take lightly, or try to force anyone into.

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