Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability

The Adoption Act 2010 requires that prospective adoptive parent(s) hold a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability before they can adopt a child. A Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability is in effect a licence to proceed to adoption.  The Adoption Authority of Ireland is the only body authorised to grant Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability. 

To obtain a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability the eligibility of the prospective adoptive parent(s) must be verified and their suitability to adopt must be assessed.  The criteria for eligibility and suitability are set out in the Adoption Act 2010. The assessment of the prospective adoptive parent(s) are carried out by Tusla – Child & Family Agency and specific accredited bodies

The steps to apply for a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability and the process followed by the Adoption Authority in considering the application are outlined in this explanatory leaflet.

The rules about applying for, granting and removing Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability are outlined in this explanatory leaflet.

The Adoption Authority of Ireland was established as an independent regulatory body on 1 November 2010 following the enactment of the Adoption Act 2010.

The mission of the Adoption Authority is to make sure that adoption-related services meet the highest standards throughout the entire adoption process. In all activities, the best interests of children come first.

These rules support this mission. We will use these rules from 1 January 2018.

This document is not a legal interpretation of the adoption process and does not constitute legal advice. It is purely for information. If you have any questions about adoption, including eligibility, suitability and interpretation, please refer to a solicitor for legal advice.

Click here for the Document

For a diagram illustrating this process, please click here.

 

Published: Friday, 01 July 2016 13:58
Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:39