Adoption Services

Adoption is the process whereby a child becomes a member of a new family, and adoption is a service for children. It creates a permanent, legal relationship between the adoptive parents and the child.

In recent years, adopting an Irish child has become increasingly rare. Many prospective parents now look abroad to adopt a child. This process is called intercountry adoption.

The HSE plays an important role in assessing possible adoptive parents and we also provide services to people who were adopted or fostered and may wish to trace their birth family.

From November 1st 2010, all adoption applications must be sent to a local HSE office. The HSE may contract services out to agencies accredited by the Adoption Authority. 

To find out more about Adoption, Intercountry Adoption and Tracing your birth family click on the links on the left.

To contact your local HSE Adoption Service, choose your local office below:

I live in: Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary | Longford, Westmeath | Laois, Offaly | Galway, Mayo Roscommon | Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan | Donegal | Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow | Cork, Kerry | Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary |

Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary
Adoption Service, Parkbeg House
2 Elm Drive Caherdavin Lawn
Ennis Road,Limerick
Tel. 061-206820/840/841
Fax: 061-206822

Longford, Westmeath
Adoption Service,Tivoli Road
Dublin Road, LONGFORD
Tel. 043 3350584
Fax: 043- 9370748

Laois and Offaly
Fostering & Adoption Services
Derry Suite, Castle Buildings
Tel. 057 9370700
Fax. 057 9328107

Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
CLANN Adoption Service
HSE West
Western Area Adoption Committee
Merlin Park
Tel. 091 775057 Fax 091 775047

Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan
Custom House
No 2 The Quays
Telephone 0719136550


County Clinic
St Conal’s Campus
Co Donegal
Tel: 074 910 4716

Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow
HSE Adoption Service
Dartmouth House,
Kylemore Road,
Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
Tel. 01-6201100
Fax. 01-6201188

HSE North East Regional Adoption Service,
Child and Family Centre
St. Mary's Hospital
Dublin Road
Co. Louth
Tel. 041-9832963
Fax. 041-9833067

Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary
HSE South East
Adoption Service,
2 St. Andrew's Terrace
Co. Waterford
Tel. 051-860048
Fax. 051-860396

Cork Kerry
HSE South Adoption Service
Páirc na gCrann
St Stephen's Hospital
Sarsfield Court
Glanmire Co Cork
Tel. No 021 4858650
Fax no 021 4858625