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calling all of Ireland's "Banished Babies"!
4th March 2011
Irish Times reported on Friday 25th February that the Adoption Authority
sent a delegation to the US in the previous week to discuss intercountry
adoption. The Irish
State has yet to address the secret trafficking of over 2,000 Irish
children to the US for adoption, who as adults are coming forward in
droves, yet, in a bizarre twist; we are now in discussions with the US
to arrange adoptions in reverse.
believe that this is not only morally wrong but also in breach of
Article 21 on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, given that
there are obviously sufficient numbers of prospective adopters in the US,
considering that America also adopts from overseas.
The Irish State is already in breach of Article 8 (1) of the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child when it comes to Irish adopted
people, yet it continues to extend its remit to other countries, which
will only increase the numbers whose human rights are breached.
"Banished Babies" are fighting back however and have begun a
letter writing campaign to the Irish Adoption Authority. Click
here to download a MS Word version of the letter which you can
personalise and send to the Adoption Authority.
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|“In all of us there
is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there
is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting
Alex Haley, Author of Roots