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    • Launch of Annual Report 2019
      11 Aug 2020
      Launch of Annual Report 2019

      Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Chairman of the Adoption Authority, is pleased to announce the publication of the Authority’s Annual Report 2019 at https://aai.gov.ie/images/AAI_Annual_Report_2019_FINAL.pdf The report details the activities of the Authority throughout the year and developments in adoption in Ireland.

       The report shows that a total of 79 domestic adoption orders were granted in 2019, the majority of those to step-parent applicants – showing the impact of provisions in the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017 that dispense with the requirement for both a parent and step-parent to apply to adopt the child. Forty-eight Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability were granted to applicants seeking to adopt abroad. The Authority received 560 applications to the voluntary register that mediates contact between adoptees and birth relatives, the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. The total number of entries was over 14,500 by year end. In 115 cases, a potential match was identified between the applicants and birth family members who had previously joined the Register.

      Key events of 2019 for the AAI

      •  Dr Judy Lovett joined the Authority as Research Officer in August and, together with the Research Advisory Committee and Board, agreed an ambitious three-year research strategy for the AAI.
      •  The AAI launched its revamped website and new electronic document management system.
      •  The Authority received a Champions of Plain English award from the National Adult Literacy Agency.
      •  The AAI received into its care approximately 13,000 adoption files and records from Cúnamh Adoption Agency (formerly the Catholic Protection and Rescue Society of Ireland, established in 1913).

       

       

       

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    • Appointment of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Member to the Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland
      05 Aug 2020
      Appointment of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Member to the Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland

      The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill 3 vacancies on the Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. 

      Please refer to the Information Booklet for the statutory requirements for these positions

      Full details are available at: http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/122720.htm

      Appointment to be made by the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs. 

      Closing Date:  15:00 on Friday 28th August 2020

      Chairperson

      Essential: 

      • In depth knowledge and experience in Irish and International Adoption and Child Law
      • Strong communications and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with key stakeholders and develop and maintain a strong relationship between the board and the executive
      • Independence of thought, possessing sound judgement
      • A strong commitment to public service
      • Proven strategic leadership capability and change management experience
      • Experience of Chairing a Board or previous Board Membership.

      Desirable:

      • Corporate Governance experience and expertise
      • Relevant management experience
      • Experience in a relevant regulatory environment
      • Media skills/experience
      • Risk management experience.

      Deputy Chairperson

      Essential:

      • In depth knowledge/experience in Irish and International Adoption and Child Law
      • Demonstrable experience of challenging opinion where appropriate/necessary
      • A strong commitment to public service
      • Experience of Board Membership

      Desirable:

      • Corporate Governance experience and expertise
      • Relevant management experience
      • Experience in a relevant regulatory environment
      • Media skills/experience
      • Risk management

      Ordinary Member

      Essential:

      • Appropriate training in psychology
      • Knowledge and experience of child protection and child welfare issues
      • Relevant management/professional experience.

      Desirable:

      • Knowledge/experience of Irish and intercountry adoption
      • Corporate governance
      • Experience of board membership
      • Experience in a relevant regulatory environment
      • Risk management
      • Experience of psychology in practice

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    • Covid-19 Update: AAI Service Update 18 May 2020
      18 May 2020
      Covid-19 Update: AAI Service Update 18 May 2020

      From Monday 18 May 2020, the Adoption Authority of Ireland is resuming the majority of its activities, and all units are available for contact during office hours, 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

      To contact the Adoption Authority by telephone, please call 01-230 9300 and select the relevant unit.

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