Russia puts Ireland on its
blacklist for adoptions
JAMIE SMYTH, Social
Irish Times Sat, Apr
SEVERAL HUNDRED Irish
couples attempting to adopt children in Russia could be blocked from
completing the process following Moscow’s decision to put the Republic
on a new “adoption blacklist”.
This week, Russian
authorities stopped accepting adoption referrals from Irish applicants
and the embassy in Dublin is refusing visas to couples because the
Republic is blacklisted. Oleg Bikmametov, a diplomat at the Russian
embassy, said yesterday a block had been placed due to a failure by some
Irish adoptive parents to provide post-placement reports on children
He said Russia was
unhappy because 50-70 families had not completed the reports, despite
promising they would when completing their adoptions. Moscow requires
all parents who adopt Russian children to send post-placement reports to
the authorities to monitor their welfare and how they are integrating
into the family. It has recently tightened up its monitoring of adoption
following the deaths of several children adopted by international
The Russian blacklist
names several Health Service Executive (HSE) regions where adoptive
parents have failed to provide reports, and the Adoption Board as
failing to comply with its standards. Other countries such as Canada,
the US and Germany have also been placed on the new blacklist, although
it is not clear if adoptions are being blocked for couples in these
adoptive parents who contacted The Irish Times yesterday about the
updated blacklist criticised the HSE. They said it was responsible for
providing social workers to oversee the completion of post-placement
reports and to follow up with couples after they adopt.
Stephen Brennan, a
solicitor in Dublin who is trying to adopt a boy in Russia, wrote to the
HSE yesterday threatening legal action over its failures in the matter.
The HSE said it would not be in a position to comment until next week as
information was not immediately available.
The Department of
Health and Children confirmed it has been contacted this week by several
couples facing difficulties finalising adoptions. It said it was working
with the Russian embassy to ensure the matter was dealt with in a timely
Russia is the most
popular country for Irish couples seeking inter-country adoptions,
following the Government’s decision to suspend adoptions from Vietnam
in January. Some 1,229 children adopted in Russia have been registered
on the Adoption Board’s register of foreign adoptions since 1991.
In 2008, 117 Irish
couples adopted a child in Russia.
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