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Mexican adoptions not
CAROL COULTER, Legal Affairs Editor
Irish Times, Mon, Jan 30, 2012
THERE IS as yet no evidence that uncompleted adoptions from Mexico will be
affected by recent events in the country in which 11 Irish couples have been
questioned in connection with illegal adoptions, according to the chairman
of the Adoption Authority.
Geoffrey Shannon told The Irish Times there was ongoing contact with Mexican
authorities in relation to 18 adoptions currently in train from Mexico, but
stressed this was routine under the Hague Convention on intercountry
adoption, to which both Ireland and Mexico are signatories.
“There is co-operation in relation to a number of adoptions that are
outstanding,” he said. “This is normal under the Hague process.”
Since the incorporation of the convention into Irish law, the entire process
of intercountry adoption, and not just the issuing of declarations of
suitability, is now regulated and arranged between the central authorities
of the sending and the receiving countries. In Ireland the central authority
is the Adoption Authority.
Mr Shannon said at its last meeting the authority had agreed to send a
delegation to India to put in place an administration agreement on
intercountry adoption with that country’s central authority.
India, also a Hague Convention state, is now one of the main countries
internationally from which children are adopted.
“This will be significant in terms of the numbers available for
adoption,” Mr Shannon said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the majority of
adoptions prior to the 2010 Act had been from non-Hague countries, with 160
from Russia in 2007, a number which fell to 118 in 2010. There were 75
adoptions from Ethiopia that year, and this fell to 48 in 2011. There were
136 adoptions from Vietnam in 2009, falling to 10 in 2010 and none last
Vietnam has recently signed the convention, and it is expected that
adoptions from that country can resume when an administration agreement is
signed. Ms Fitzgerald and Mr Shannon recently visited Vietnam to progress
such an agreement.
Ms Fitzgerald said it was hoped to have agreement with the central authority
in Washington soon so adoptions from Florida could be agreed.
© 2012 The Irish Times
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