Adi Roche optimistic
about future of Belarusian adoptions
The Journal, 22nd
THE HEAD OF
CHILDREN’S charity Chernobyl Children International has said
she’s received indications from the Belarusian government that it’s
interested in resuming adoptions to Ireland.
adoptions were suspended several years ago, but Adi Roche claims her
recent communications with the deputy foreign minister of Belarus have
given her “hope” that they will now resume, according to the Irish
The adoptions were
suspended by Belarusian authorities as they sought to introduce new
measures and staff to their adoption system.
Claire McGettrick of
the Adoption Rights Alliance told TheJournal.ie that in each prospective
adoption case, every effort should be made to locate the child’s
parents and ascertain their family situation before going ahead with the
On 26 April 1986,
explosions at reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power
station in then-Soviet Ukraine released radioactive material into the
air. Weather conditions on the night of the accident meant that a
significant portion of that material was blown over Belarus.
Thyroid cancer rates
for the region of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia affected by the radiation
have shown a dramatic increase, according to the World Health
Organisation, particularly among people who were young at the time of
the accident. Congenital birth defect rates also increased dramatically.
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