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adoption bodies to be completed
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
THE Adoption Authority
is to complete the process of accrediting bodies wishing to provide
adoption services in the coming weeks.
The news comes
following the confirmation that two members of the Adoption Authority,
Dr Helen Greally, and medical practitioner Dr Cyril McNulty, have stood
down in recent weeks.
It is understood Dr Greally resigned prior to the authority coming into
force, while Dr McNulty resigned for personal reasons.
A number of recent reports had expressed concerns raised by voluntary
adoption agencies and the Council of Irish Adoption Agencies, who felt
they had been left "in limbo" by having to re-apply to be
accredited under the new Adoption Act.
However, Minister for Children Barry Andrews hit out at
"incorrect" reports that adoption agencies were in a legal
limbo under the new regime.
He pointed out the new act was very clear in stating that all bodies
wishing to provide adoption services were to re-apply under the new
The Irish Examiner understands the process is expected to be completed
in the coming weeks.
"This legislation ends the practice whereby a single adoption
agency could provide the full range of adoption services, from pre-birth
counselling to post-birth placement, with prospective parents," the
minister said. "This was a very clear policy decision taken to
avoid the obvious conflicts that could arise. This was communicated to
the agencies involved on several occasions over the course of the past
12 months. Each agency needs to decide what services it wishes to
deliver and apply for accreditation."
The Adoption Authority wrote to the HSE before Christmas to inform it
that no legal limbo existed for adoption service providers and that it
could provide services to ensure that no one would be left without
service in the transitional phase.
Advertisements seeking expressions of interest from bodies wishing to
provide adoption services were placed in the national media last month,
while similar adverts relating to those wishing to become accredited
mediation agencies for inter-country adoption were circulated in
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