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    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).

     

     

     

    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

    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.

    Units may also be contacted by email:

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    Adoption Authority of Ireland hears the voice of the child at remote adoption hearings

    On 12 May, the Adoption Authority of Ireland held adoption hearings using remote technology for the first time since its establishment. The remote hearings led by Adoption Authority Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon were necessitated by the current Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

    The Authority is very happy to be able to progress adoption applications by way of remote hearings for children, whose best interests are at all times the paramount consideration for the Authority. Given the urgent and sensitive work carried out by the Authority, it will continue its commitment to ensuring that there is no delay in processing adoption applications as it carries out its functions as a quasi-judicial body in these challenging times.

    CEO Patricia Carey said:

    "It is critical that there is no delay in hearing adoption applications, Therefore the Board of the Authority, led by the Adoption Authority Chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon, has adapted its procedures to use remote technology. The remote hearings have been designed to ensure that all participants can give formal evidence remotely while maintaining the integrity of the adoption system including the legal proofs required". 

    The Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) has partnered with Empowering People in Care (EPIC) for a children's art competition.

    IFCA and EPIC are seeking photos, paintings or drawings from children and young people that show what life is like while staying at home and staying safe.

    There are three categories, open to all foster and birth children:

    Under 5's

    Ages 5 - 9

    Ages 9 - 13

    Prizes are One4All vouchers, with three prizes in each category.

    Send entries to:

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    or

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    Entrants are asked not to send photos of identifiable people. Winners will be notified by email and artwork will be posted on social media. 

    Final date for entries 1st May 2020

    Please click here for further details. 

    Barnardos services to parents, children and teenagers are being evaluated by a research team with Queens University Belfast. As part of this evaluation, a survey will be sent out to all parents who have signed up on the Barnardos webpage at https://www.barnardos.ie/sign-up-to-post-adoption-emails

    Barnardos welcomes families to register on the page so that they can take part in the survey which is designed towards improving Barnardos' post adoption service to families. 

    From Tuesday April 14th, the Adoption Authority of Ireland are operating a skeleton service until further notice.

    If you wish to make contact with the Authority, the email addresses of relevant sections are listed below.

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    Information & Tracing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Social Work: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Corporate Services: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    If you need to speak to somebody by phone, please contact 01-2309300

     

     

    The Adoption Authority respects the right to privacy of all those who interact with us, and complies with our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

    In accordance with these obligations, and to provide our customers with a clear understanding of the key issues, we have produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Data Protection and Privacy under GDPR. 

    These FAQs may be viewed on the dedicated page on our website by clicking here.

    They are also available to download as a PDF document, by clicking here

    Barnardos Post Adoption Service  is continuing to offer services throughout the current health crisis, and has issued the following statement outlining current arrangements:

    "Barnardos Post Adoption Service is continuing to offer services throughout the current health crisis. While we cannot meet with our clients face to face, our staff are offering phone support and Skype sessions to adopted teenagers and children and their parents, as well as adopted adults and birth family members. We are finding that the Skype sessions are already being really welcomed by families around the country.

    Our phones continue to be staffed in our three centres in Dublin (01-8134000), Cork (021-2038005) and Galway (091-454489). We will call you back if we miss you! You are most welcome to phone us or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Our post adoption helpline continues to operate at 01-4536388 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings."

    HHAMA is continuing to monitor the current situation in relation to COVID-19.

    As of 18 March 2020, no travel is to be undertaken to any jurisdiction / country to effect an intercountry adoption.

    The decision has been made in conjunction with the Adoption Authority, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has been informed. 

    In relation to document and dossier submissions; several of the sending authorities have closed their offices and so we continue to monitor document status in HHAMA and email scans where practical. This is a matter we continue to monitor in relation to courier services and sending countries' ability to receive packages. 

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    Mission Statement

    " To ensure the provision of the highest possible standards of adoption related services, throughout the lifelong adoption process, with the best interests of children as the first and paramount objective."

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