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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
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
"This current flawed, outdated system is set to be enshrined in law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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