Adoption body sent
delegation to US
CAROL COULTER, Legal
Irish Times, Fri, Feb 25,
THE ADOPTION Authority of
Ireland (AAI) sent a delegation to the US last week to discuss inter-country
adoption with officials there.
The delegation was headed
by its chairman, Geoffrey Shannon.
It is understood there is
an increased level of interest from Irish couples in adopting from the US.
Inter-country adoptions are
regulated internationally by the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption,
which was ratified by Ireland last November with the enactment of the
Adoption Act 2010. This provides a framework under which such adoptions take
place, and is based on the principle that valid and informed consent is
obtained from the child’s mother, that inter-country adoption is a third
option after adoption within the child’s family and domestic adoption, and
that the adoption is free from monetary incentive.
The Act also permits
adoption into Ireland from states with which there is a bilateral agreement.
Last week the Irish
officials met representatives of the State Department, which is the central
authority on inter-country adoption for the US under the Hague convention,
along with an expert on child law in the US and two adoption agencies
involved in inter-country adoption.
According to the Adoption
Authority of Ireland website, issues discussed included the principle of
subsidiarity, meaning that inter-country adoption is a third option for
children outside their birth families; the accreditation process for bodies
involved in adoption; and the process for handling outgoing adoption cases
under the Hague Convention.
The authority came into
being last November on the enactment of the Adoption Act, replacing the
Adoption Board and expanding the remit of the previous body to include the
accreditation of bodies involved in adoption, as well as operating as the
Irish central authority in inter-country adoption.
Since its establishment the
authority has registered the International Adoption Association (Ireland) as
an accredited body for providing information, advice and counselling to
prospective adoptors, and Arc Adoption Limited as an accredited body for
making arrangements in relation to an adoption.
The Irish authority will
also shortly visit Bulgaria to examine establishing a framework for
inter-country adoption from that country.
Bulgaria has ratified the
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