countries on adoption 'can lead to trafficking'
Irish Independent, Tuesday November 02 2010
pressure on countries to sign up to adoption agreements could
potentially lead to child trafficking, a childcare expert warned
Shannon, the chairman of the new Adoption Authority of Ireland,
yesterday stressed that it was "hugely important" to avoid any
links between humanitarian aid agreements and payments in the adoption
of children from other regions.
first major overhaul since adoptions began in Ireland in 1953 saw the
appointment yesterday of the new seven-member board and the long-awaited
ratification of the Hague Convention.
citizens can now adopt from more than 80 other countries -- many of
which are also recipient countries with few children for adoption -- who
have signed up to the convention which safeguards the rights of children
this does not include the two countries -- Vietnam and Russia -- from
which the largest number of adopted children in Ireland come. In 2008,
117 children were adopted here from Russia and 182 from Vietnam.
for Children Barry Andrews pointed out Vietnam was believed to be close
to ratifying the Hague Convention and he said he was willing to travel
to Moscow to lobby for a bilateral adoption agreement.
legislation also permits the assessment to be done by accredited bodies
other than the HSE which will mean hopefully the assessment process will
be much quicker," Mr Andrews said.
Downer, chief executive of Arc Adoption, said it will be seeking to
become accredited to provide "transparent facilitation
services" with countries such as Bulgaria, Vietnam and Cambodia.
entire adoption system has changed radically from when it was first
brought into place in 1953, Mr Shannon said.
1960 and 1972 a total of 3,578 Irish children, mainly born outside of
marriage, were placed for adoption. Last year, there were just 67
children placed for adoption within Ireland.
Shannon stressed the importance of a "clear demarcation line"
between humanitarian aid and adoptions.
pressure on jurisdictions to enter into agreement is actually contrary
to the spirit of Hague," the special rapporteur on child protection
we should not forget is that where we put pressure on jurisdictions to
enter into agreements that has the potential to lead to child
- Louise Hogan
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