Process is long and complex
ADOPTING a child from abroad can be a long and complex process which can extend over several years.
The prospective parents must be assessed as suitable by HSE social workers and this can take years.
This involves background checks and extensive interviews to find out if people seeking to adopt have the capacity to provide a child with a family life which will cater for their physical and emotional needs.
If passed as suitable, the parents are then given a declaration of eligibility.
They choose a country, recognised by the Adoption Authority, from where they will adopt a child.
The parents travel to the country and must ensure they comply with its adoption laws.
They then return to Ireland with their new son or daughter but must also get the adoption registered by the Adoption Authority.