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Independent Review of Determinations

The IRD Panels independently review adoption and fostering suitability applications from potential and current adopters and foster carers, whose agency or fostering service provider has decided not to approve them as a foster carer or adopter, or to terminate or change the terms of their approval.

It also considers adoption disclosure applications from people where an adoption agency is proposing that protected information from adoption records will be disclosed or withheld, contrary to the views expressed by the person the information is about. These cases were previously dealt with by the Welsh Government.

IRM Cymru Annual Report

Our first Annual Report is available to download in PDF in English and Welsh.


Has your adoption agency decided you are not suitable to adopt a child or intends to withdraw its earlier approval?


Has your fostering service provider decided you aren't suitable to foster or intends to withdraw its earlier approval?


Do you work for a Voluntary Adoption Agency or Local Authority and want to know more?

Adoption Records

Have you applied to obtain (or restrict) information from your adoption records and been turned down?