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How do I adopt a child from Thailand?

The normal waiting period for Thai adoptions from application to placement is a minimum of one year, or sometimes one year and six months. There are many different countries with adoption boards and agencies wishing to adopt Thai children: depending on the demand and on the number of children available for adoption, there may or may not be openings for applicants from Ireland. In 2010 for example, the Thai Adoption Centre has advised the Irish Adoption Board that no new applications will be considered.

Pauses in applications are designed to alleviate prospective adopting families from having to wait for long periods of time while their applications are being processed, due to the limited number of children available. With growing international interest in adopting children from Thailand, the norm over the last few years has been that there are far more applications than there are children for adoption.
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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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