If you are considering adoption you will be put in contact with the local Tusla Adoption Service or an adoption agency accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (currently the only agency is Here2Help based in Dublin) by your counsellor or GP.
The adoption social worker will explore with you your reasons for choosing adoption, the consequences of your decision both for yourself and your child, and your wishes for the baby’s future family. They will support you through the process of matching your baby and an adoptive family and continue to support you until the adoption order is made by the Adoption Authority of Ireland.
You should discuss with your social worker what supports are available for you after the order is made.
After the birth, you will be encouraged to care for your baby in the hospital. You will then take the baby home for a while or place the baby in temporary foster care with the support of Tusla/ the adoption agency.
This will to give you time to keep in contact with your baby and to decide what you want to do. If you decide to go ahead with the adoption, the social worker will work with you to complete all the necessary legal forms and to select a family.
The baby will then be placed with the adoptive family. When the baby has been placed for a minimum of three months, the family will apply to formally adopt your baby and you will be invited to sign the final consent.
The Adoption Order is normally granted after the baby has been with the adoptive family for a minimum of six months. Social workers from the agency/ Tusla will continue to visit the baby in the adoptive home to ensure that the baby is being well cared for and that the parents and the baby are bonding.