Adoption & Fostering

Find out more about adoption and fostering in Ireland and what options are right for you. What are the problems and difficulties that you’re likely to encounter?

Questions & Answers

Adopting: what countries can we adopt from?

Irish parents now have three new international adoption options which may make getting the child they want a little bit easier.
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Which countries can I legally adopt from?

International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with Irish adoption laws.
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How do I adopt a child from Thailand?

The Thai Child Adoption Centre in Bangkok works with the Irish Adoption Board to process all adoption requests for Thai children.
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How do I adopt a child from the Philippines?

Adopting a child from the Philippines is a much smoother process than adopting a child from China or Vietnam.
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Can I have IVF treatment and apply for adoption at the same time?

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.
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What is involved in adopting a child from Vietnam?

Intercountry adoption is a difficult process and at the moment, there is no effective bilateral agreement between the Vietnamese government and Ireland.
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Adopting a child from China. What's involved?

The adoption process for babies and children born in China is handled by the China Centre of Adoption Affairs (CCAA).
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