I am getting married soon / have recently married, and my husband would like to adopt my child from a previous relationship. How do I go about this?
In order to start a step-parent adoption, you must first get assessed for a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability. In order to arrange an assessment, please contact your local Adoption Services in Tusla - The Child and Family Agency or relevant Accredited Body. To find the address of your local Adoption Services you can click here. You should also read the information in the Stepfamily adoption section of this website.
I am a widow / widower who has recently remarried. Can my spouse adopt my child from my previous marriage?
No. Under the terms of the Adoption Act 2010, children of marriage are not eligible for adoption, except for very specific circumstances. These circumstances include where the child of marriage has been deemed by the High Court to have been abandoned, and where the child of marriage has no living parents. A child who still has a living parent who has care of the child cannot be adopted.
My foster child / step child is over 18 years of age. Can I adopt them?
No. An adoption can only be effected in Ireland if the child is under the age of 18 years at the date the Adoption Order is made. There is no provision in current legislation to adopt anyone over the age of 18 years.
How do I get a copy of my Adoption Certificate / my child’s Adoption Certificate?
The General Register Office in Roscommon maintains the Adopted Children Register. To request a copy of the Adoption Certificate, please contact the General Register Office on 0906 – 632900 or 1890 252076 or visit https://www.welfare.ie/en/pdf/Adoption_Application_Form-GRO.pdf
I/We submitted our original Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificate as part of an adoption application, can we have these documents returned to us?
You can request that these documents are returned to you by writing to Domestic Adoption Unit, Adoption Authority of Ireland, Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 D04H6F6 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that original Birth Certificates for adopted children cannot be returned, as these have been superseded upon the making of an Adoption Order. An Adoption Certificate is available from the General Register Office.
How do I go about applying to adopt a baby?
In order to start an application to adopt, you must first get assessed for a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability. In order to arrange an assessment, please contact your local Adoption Services in Tusla - The Child and Family Agency or relevant Accredited Body. To find the address of your local Adoption Services you can click here. You should also read the information in the Domestic Infant Adoption section of this website. If you are considering adopting a child from outside of Ireland you will need to be assessed for a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability. You should also read the information in the Intercountry section of this website.
How much does it cost to adopt in Ireland?
There are no direct fees charged by the Adoption Authority of Ireland or Tusla - Child and Family Agency or relevant Accredited Body to apply for adoption in Ireland. As part of the Assessment process you may have to pay your General Practitioner or other medical personnel for reports regarding your health, or pay for a copy of your Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate from the General Register Office, but these are private expenses, and are not adoption fees.
How long will it take to finalise my adoption application?
As each application is completely different, indicative time frames cannot be provided. Circumstances which impact on the duration of the application process can include: The length of the waiting list for assessment; The nature of the relationship between the birth mother and the birth father; whether the birth father can be contacted in order to ascertain his views on the proposed adoption; whether the birth mother is willing to consent to the proposed adoption; the speed at which documents are provided by you to your assessing agency or to the Adoption Authority of Ireland. If you are concerned at the length of time your application is taking, you should contact your Assessing Social Worker.