Adoption, fostering and surrogacy
An outline of the adoption procedure in Ireland.
The procedure involved for Irish parents in intercountry adoptions. Requirements to be met by prospective adopting parents.
Adoptive Benefit is a payment made to people on adoptive leave from work. Find out how to apply and rates of benefit.
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.
There are currently about 6,000 children in care in Ireland. Find out about fostering in Ireland and how you can become involved.
Surrogacy is a way for a couple or individual to have a child with a surrogate mother carrying the child. Find out more.
Tracing your birth family if you have been adopted or have been in long-term foster care in Ireland.