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    Intercountry Adoption
    Intercountry adoption refers to the situation where persons resident in Ireland decide to adopt a child who is resident in a country other than Ireland. The nature and effect of such an adoption is that the child becomes the child of the adopter as if born to her or him or to them, in the case of a qualified couple with all the rights and duties of parents and children in relation to each other.
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    RICA

    To register an adoption, you need to write to the Adoption Authority to request registration of the adoption under Irish law. The application must be accompanied by proof of the foreign adoption. Essentially this is an authenticated copy of the adoption order made in the foreign country.
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    Information for Prospective Adopters

    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 is effectively a licence to proceed to adoption.

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    Country Information

    Information about adoption in countries such as Bulgaria, China, Haiti, India, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam

    What is intercountry adoption?

    Intercountry adoption refers to the situation where persons resident in Ireland decide to adopt a child who is resident in a country other than Ireland. The nature and effect of such an adoption is that the child becomes the child of the adopter as if born to her or him or to them, in the case of a qualified couple with all the rights and duties of parents and children in relation to each other. 

    Gender Recognition Register

    Persons holding a valid Certificate of Gender Recognition issued by the Department of Social Protection and whose adoption is registered in the Register of Foreign Adoptions (RFA) (registration pre-1 November 2010) or the Register of Intercountry Adoptions (RICA) (registration post 1 November 2010) may apply to the Adoption Authority for an entry in the Register of Gender Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions.

    About

    The Intercountry Adoption Unit processes applications for Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability, a requirement for all applicants for adoption. The unit is also responsible for maintaining the Register of Intercountry Adoptions (RICA) and the Gender Recognition Register .

    Intercountry adoption refers to the situation where persons resident in Ireland decide to adopt a child who is resident in a country other than Ireland. The nature and effect of such an adoption is that the child becomes the child of the adopter as if born to her or him or to them, in the case of a married couple, with all the rights and duties of parents and children in relation to each other.

    Intercountry adoption was given a statutory basis in 1991 with the passing of the Adoption Act in that year. The most recent legislation in this area is the Adoption Act 2010.

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    Contact details

    Intercountry Adoption Unit
    Adoption Authority of Ireland
    3rd Floor, Shelbourne House
    Shelbourne Road
    Ballsbridge
    Dublin 4
    D04H6F6

    Telephone +353 1 2309 303 or +353 1 2309 304

    Email: intercountry@aai.gov.ie

    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."