Sunday Times 15th March
I wish to correct an
error in Mark Tighe’s Sunday Times (Irish Edition) article dated March
7th 2009 concerning Vietnamese adoptions, in which he referred to “The
Hague convention on child abduction”. The convention’s proper title
is in fact “The Hague Convention for the Protection of Children in
While I’m sure the
mistake was innocent, it was also quite ironic as the word
“abduction” is often appropriate when it comes to intercountry
adoption, because of the level of corruption that has been reported and
experienced worldwide. I sincerely hope that the ratification of the
Hague Convention will go a long way towards ensuring that intercountry
adoptions into Ireland are ethical and above board.
I have a lot of
sympathy for prospective adoptive parents affected by the legislative
change who may now feel as if they are in limbo. However, I would urge
these and any other prospective adopters in Ireland to consider the
possibility of long term fostering.
Sadly there are
thousands of Irish children who are in desperate need of homes and while
the plight of children in the developing world cannot be ignored, their
problems can be solved more effectively by keeping these children in
their country of origin through programmes like child sponsorship.
It is admirable that so
many Irish people are willing to give a child a home and they may not be
aware of the foster care crisis. I believe the Adoption Board and the
Health Service Executives should do more to encourage people in this
position to consider applying to become foster parents.