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Adoption, fostering and surrogacy

Domestic adoption
An outline of the adoption procedure in Ireland.

Intercountry adoption
The procedure involved for Irish parents in inter-country adoptions. Requirements to be met by prospective adopting parents.

Adoptive Benefit
Adoptive Benefit is a payment made to people on adoptive leave from work. Find out how to apply and rates of benefit.
This document is in: Social Welfare > Social welfare payments > Families and children

Adoptive leave
People who adopt children may be entitled to leave from employment. This leave is called adoptive leave. Find out what this means and how to apply.
This document is in: Employment > Employment rights and conditions > Leave and holidays

Fostering
There are currently about 4,500 children in foster care in Ireland. Find out about fostering in Ireland and how you can become involved.

Surrogacy
Surrogacy is a way for a childless couple or individual to have a child. Find out more.

Tracing your birth family
Tracing your birth family if you have been adopted or have been in long-term foster care in Ireland.

Language

Gaeilge

Contact Us

If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. The Phone Service will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm during January 2017. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre.