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Authority to travel for
talks on adoption agreements
Irish Times, Mon, Oct 10, 2011
DELEGATIONS FROM the Adoption Authority of Ireland will travel to Mexico,
the Philippines and the United States to discuss adoption agreements, the
International Adoption Association was told at the weekend.
Geoffrey Shannon, chairman of the authority, told its annual conference it
was in advanced discussions with a number of countries party to the Hague
Convention on Inter-country Adoption after the incorporation of the
convention into Irish law last year.
He confirmed the authority was looking at Lithuania and Kazakhstan as
prospective countries for adoption into Ireland, and said it would look at
other Hague countries that came to the attention of prospective adoptive
Ruth Lennon, association chairwoman, told The Irish Times it was asking
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald to seek bilateral agreements with
Russia and Ethiopia, not currently members of the convention, but from which
Irish couples have adopted previously. They are unable to adopt siblings
from these countries in the absence of such an agreement.
Mr Shannon told the conference that the authority and the Minister have had
very positive engagement with Vietnam, and it was very hopeful adoptions
from Vietnam will recommence in 2012. They were suspended in May 2009 when
the existing bilateral agreement lapsed, and it was not renewed when a
report from the UN International Social Service critical of international
adoption procedures in Vietnam was published. Vietnam plans to adopt the
convention early next year.
Mr Shannon said there was a need for much more research on outcomes for
children who are adopted internationally. “If a child spends a lot of time
in institutions he or she could have behavioural problems. We have never
looked in detail at them. Parents need to be informed of the difficulties
they might encounter and receive post-adoption support. We don’t want
these children to end up in the childcare system.”
© 2011 The Irish Times
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