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Clann project information video
In June, Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) and Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) launched the Clann project in association with global law firm Hogan Lovells to assist those who wish to make a statement to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters.

Clann has now launched an information video about the project which you can view below. 


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ARA Fact Sheet for Adopted People on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes
Adoption Rights Alliance has compilied a fact sheet for adopted people with information on the Comission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Click the image below to download the PDF.

ARA MBHCOI Fact Sheet

ARA to hold Adoption Information Day, including Clann information session 
Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) will hold an Adoption Information Day on Saturday, 25th June 2016, between 12 pm and 6 pm at Racket Hall Hotel in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.  

The Adoption Information Day is open to adopted people (including those fostered/boarded out prior to 1952) natural mothers and natural family members. ARA members will present a workshop on adoption information and tracing, offering practical advice and opportunities for questions and answers. There will also be a presentation on adoption legislation, which will include a discussion on the information and tracing bill proposed by former Minister James Reilly in 2015. Dr Robbie Roulston from University College Dublin will also give a presentation on the historical context of Irish adoption. 

Last week, ARA and Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) announced the launch of Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data (Clann), a major project which will offer support to those who wish to make a statement to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters. The Clann project is being delivered in association with global law firm Hogan Lovells.  

ARA and JFMR, along with Rod Baker, who is leading the Clann project at Hogan Lovells, will hold a Clann information session at the Adoption Information Day. Mr Baker and members of ARA and JFMR will be available to answer any questions attendees may have about the project. Further Clann information sessions will be held in Ireland, the UK and the US in due course.

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Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) to hold Adoption Information Day, Saturday, 25 June 2016, in Roscrea, Co Tipperary
Coinciding with the third annual Sean Ross Abbey commemorative service to be held on the grounds of the former mother-and-baby home on Sunday, 26 June, 2016, 2pm (Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary), the Adoption Information Day will take place on Saturday, 25 June 2016, from 12 pm to 6 pm at Racket Hall Country House in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

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15th June 2016: Launch of major project to assist with Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) and Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) are delighted to announce the launch of a major project which will offer support to those who wish to make a statement to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters.

The project will provide individuals with free witness statement drafting assistance and it has been endorsed by Philomena Lee and her daughter Jane Libberton. It will be known as Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data (Clann) and it will be delivered in association with global law firm Hogan Lovells.

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27th July 2015 

Adoption Rights Alliance says legislative proposals impose statutory discrimination
 
Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA), a group advocating for equal and civil rights for adopted people says that the adoption legislation announced today by Minister for Children, James Reilly would introduce statutory-based discrimination against adopted people.
 
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14th May 2015

Adoption Rights Alliance Calls for Yes Vote in Marriage Equality Referendum

Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA), which advocates for equal human and civil rights for those affected by Ireland's closed, secret, forced adoption system, is stating its unequivocal support for a Yes vote in the upcoming marriage equality referendum. 

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23rd March 2015
 
Adoption Rights Alliance urges senators to amend Children and Family Relationships Bill 
 
Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA), which advocates for equal identity rights for those affected by Ireland’s closed, secret, forced adoption system has urged Senators to amend the Children and Family Relationships Bill as the organisation is deeply concerned that the Bill does not go far enough to protect the identity rights of donor conceived children and adults.

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11th March 2015

Adoption Rights Alliance concerned about identity rights in Children and Family Relationships Bill 

Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA), which advocates for equal identity rights for those affected by Ireland’s closed, secret, forced adoption system has said while there is much to welcome in the Children and Family Relationships Bill, it is nonetheless concerned that the Bill does not go far enough to ensure that history does not repeat itself. 

ARA’s concerns cover three main areas: a) the lack of retrospective rights for those born before the enactment of this legislation b) the lack of information provided while the child is growing up and c) the information sought from the donor at the time of donation is wholly insufficient. The organisation has submitted a Briefing Note to the Oireachtas, urging legislators to implement the necessary changes.

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28th January 2015

Adoption Rights Alliance Briefing Note on Commission of Investigation

Adoption Rights Alliance sends a Briefing Note to TDs in advance of today's debate on the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation. We have urged TDs to take the issues we have raised into account during the debate on the Terms of Reference as we are gravely concerned about the limited scope of the Commission and the exclusion of large sections of the Irish adoption community.

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9th January 2015

Adoption Rights Alliance gives cautious welcome to Inquiry but cites grave concerns

Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA), which advocates for equal human and civil rights for those affected by Ireland's closed secret forced adoption system has cautiously welcomed certain elements of the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters. However, the group has grave concerns that the inquiry has, from the outset, been limited to only investigating the practices and procedures of those institutions, agencies and individuals with a direct connection to a Mother and Baby Home.

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