Bill includes Hague protections
Times, Thu, Nov 19, 2009
IRISH children were now placed for adoption, Minister of State for
Children Barry Andrews told the Dáil. The vast majority of domestic
adoptions were “family or step-parent adoptions”, he said.
Irish people have, therefore, looked to overseas to adopt a child into
their families,” he said.
was first introduced into Ireland through the enactment of the Adoption
Act 1952. Before that, there were many informal adoptions in the State
and many Irish children were sent abroad for adoption by Irish-American
families in the United States.
the Adoption Bill 2009, Mr Andrews said it brought the Hague Convention
on the protection of children and co-operation in respect of
inter-country adoption into statue law.
also provided for the establishment of the Adoption Authority of Ireland
and the repeal of the 1952 and 1998 Acts, as well as their restating or
updating as appropriate.
fundamental principle of the Hague Convention is that inter-country
adoption should be child-centred,” said Mr Andrews. “That is, in all
stages of the process, the child’s interests must be paramount.” The
provisions of the Bill would ensure that all inter-country adoptions
recognised here met the standards of the convention.
also provided for the State to enter into discussions with states which
were not party to the Hague Convention for the purposes of making
bilateral agreements on inter-country adoptions.
Gael’s Alan Shatter welcomed the Bill.
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