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Adoption Rights Alliance
is aware of a number of cases where adopted people’s births were not
registered. We are astounded
that the then Adoption Board allowed adoptions to proceed where evidence
was not produced to ensure the child’s birth had been registered.
To fail to register a birth is a criminal offence, yet we are
unaware of any prosecutions in this regard.
In one particular casethe
Adoption Board accepted a baptismal certificate as proof of identity
despite receiving a statement from the General Registrar’s Office
confirming that the birth was not registered.
Article 8 of the
UN Convention of the Rights of the Child stipulates that the state
should “respect the right of the
child to preserve his or her identity", a principle which has
been clearly flouted in these instances.
Article 8 also
requires that “…[w]here a child is illegally deprived of some or all of the elements of his
or her identity, States Parties shall provide appropriate assistance and
protection, with a view to re-establishing speedily his or her
Alliance has seen no evidence of any plans to ensure that the identities
of those whose births were not registered are re-established.
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|“In all of us there
is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there
is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting
Alex Haley, Author of Roots