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Most birth cert requests by adopted people denied


By Conall Ó Fátharta
Monday, November 05, 2012


The vast majority of adopted people who requested their full birth certificate have been turned down.
New figures show the Adoption Authority granted just 11 of the almost 60 requests made to it last year. 

Almost 200 couples were approved to adopt in 2011. 

The information is contained in statistics published by the Adoption Authority. It has only recently published combined annual reports for 2009 and 2010. 

The tracing and information statistics show that from 58 requests made by adopted people for the release of a birth certificate, just 11 were granted. 

Between 2003 and 2008, approximately 50% of more than 460 requests for birth certs were approved. 

In 2010, just 29 out of 70 requests were granted. 

The National Contact Preference Register, designed to match adopted people with their natural parents and labelled an "effective" system by previous children’s minister Barry Andrews, received almost 9,000 requests up to 2010. It matched just 482 people — a success rate of around 5%. 

Commenting on the figures, Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance said only adopted people were forced to apply for something that is a public record. 

"This current flawed, outdated system is set to be enshrined in law with the upcoming adoption bill that will discriminate against a whole new group of adopted people, who will have been born inside marriage," she said. 

Ms Lohan said adopted people need not apply to the AAI and can obtain their birth certificates by using the Adoption Rights Alliance Tracing Handbooks at www.adoption.ie. 

She called on Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald to immediately legislate for automatic birth certificate and information rights for adopted people, enjoyed for decades by adopted people in Northern Ireland and Britain. 

Meanwhile, 196 couples were granted declarations of eligibility and suitability to adopt in 2011. 

No applications were refused.

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