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No adoptions from
abroad since new law was passed
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner, Monday, January 23, 2012
None of the almost 200 couples approved to adopt under the new Adoption
Act have managed to bring a child back to Ireland.
Under the act, which came into force in Nov 2010, Irish people can only
adopt from countries that have ratified the Hague Convention on
Intercountry Adoption or with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement.
Responding to a parliamentary question, Children’s Minister Frances
Fitzgerald said, although no intercountry adoptions had been registered
by parents declared suitable to adopt under the new act, this was due to
a number of factors.
"It should be noted that waiting times between the sending of an
application pack and the actual completion of an adoption in sending
countries may vary greatly and may extend to as much as three years or
more in some cases."
"Furthermore, some jurisdictions require a two stage process which
entails post-placement reports being submitted during an initial period
of guardianship before an adoption is approved and finalised," she
The Adoption Authority has issued 178 declarations of eligibility and
suitability to people wishing to adopt from abroad since the
introduction of the new act.
Meanwhile, Ms Fitzgerald has also confirmed that an adoption agency
accredited to work with Vietnam should be in place at the start of
Ireland ceased adopting children from Vietnam after it chose not to
resume its bilateral agreement in May 2009 following concerns in
Unicef’s International Social Services report.
The US had suspended adoptions from Vietnam in 2008 after it uncovered
evidence of baby selling and "baby farming". It is believed
Ireland’s decision was influenced by similar concerns.
The suspension remains in place until "fundamental reforms are in
place to ensure a transparent child welfare system that has the best
interests of the children as its first priority", the state
department has said.
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