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2009 News

30th November 2009
Adoption abroad must be checked

We are not at all surprised to see the subject of inter-country adoption embroiled yet again in controversy. The Unicef report into adoptions from Vietnam (Irish Independent, November 24) is to be welcomed and it has not come soon enough. We concur with the report's recommendation that all countries should ratify the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and we have called on the Government to dissolve all bilateral agreements with countries that have not signed up to the convention.

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18th May 2009Waiting for adoptions
I refer to the letters written by prospective adoptive parents (May 14th) in relation to the delays concerning Vietnamese adoptions.  I completely understand from the point of view of a prospective adoptive parent that waiting for a child must be agonising, but surely it is better to wait a little longer in order to ensure that an adoption is ethical?
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15th March 2009
Letter from Claire McGettrick to the Sunday Times
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 Intercountry Adoption”.
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15th February 2009
The Real Case of Tristan Dowse (Newspaper heading: Poor Adoption Law)
As one of the people involved in bringing Tristan Dowse’s case to the attention of the media, I read Ciara Dwyer’s piece entitled “The curious case of Tristan Dowse” in the Sunday Independent of 8th February 2009 with mixed emotions because, while I was happy to read that Tristan has adjusted well, I couldn’t help but feel sad that his case was being labelled as a “curiosity”.
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28th January 2009
Adopted Irish people still getting raw deal
THE Adoption Bill 2009 ratifying the Hague Convention for the Protection of Children in Intercountry Adoption will go a long way towards ensuring that such adoptions in Ireland are ethical and above board. As an adopted person I am naturally happy to see the introduction of any measures that will protect the most important person in an adoption — the child.
However, the Hague convention only concerns itself with foreign adoptions and there are thousands of adopted Irish people whose rights have yet to be enshrined in legislation.
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Human Rights In Ireland Blog on the 2009 Adoption Bill
Post from Brid Nic Suibhne on the Adoption Bill 2009. 
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20 Irish couples still waiting to adopt Vietnamese children
NO time scale has been set for the processing of 20 adoptions agreed between the Irish and Vietnamese authorities. 
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Argentina's authorities order DNA tests in search for stolen babies of dirty war  
Children adopted by regime backers checked against bodies of those who 'disappeared' in the 70s and 80s 
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Adoptive families' quests to trace Chinese roots often meet dead ends  
More families are traveling to China to unravel the mystery of where their adoptive children came from and who their parents are. For the few who are able to make any headway, luck is a big factor. 
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‘Deeply flawed’ adoption bill criticised  
THE proposed Adoption Bill has been criticised for failing to provide the legal right to enable adopted people to trace their birth parents or obtain a range of post-adoption services.
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Government criticised over Adoption Bill  
THE BODY representing all adoption agencies in the State has criticised the Government for moving to pass the Adoption Bill before holding a planned referendum on the rights of the child. 
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Adoption abroad must be checked
We are not at all surprised to see the subject of inter-country adoption embroiled yet again in controversy. The Unicef report into adoptions from Vietnam (Irish Independent, November 24) is to be welcomed and it has not come soon enough. We concur with the report's recommendation that all countries should ratify the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and we have called on the Government to dissolve all bilateral agreements with countries that have not signed up to the convention. 
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A generation fights to reform adoption laws  
Six Korean adoptees filed an appeal with the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission last year to request a probe into irregularities in their adoption documents and possible illegal procedures at local adoption agencies.
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Adoption Bill includes Hague protections  
FEW IRISH children were now placed for adoption, Minister of State for Children Barry Andrews told the Dáil. The vast majority of domestic adoptions were “family or step-parent adoptions”, he said. 
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The babies airlifted out of Saigon  
Viktoria Cowley was just a toddler when she was airlifted out of Vietnam, one of 99 children plucked from the war-torn country by the Daily Mail. Now she is trying to reunite the scattered evacuees. 
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S Leone fury at 'forced adoption' 
A group of parents in Sierra Leone has accused a charity of sending more than 30 children abroad for adoption without consent during the country's civil war. 
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The story of the abandoned 'rainbow baby'  
When just a few days old, David Stevenson was abandoned outside a flat in London. Forty-nine years later, he's trying to piece together what happened on that fateful day in 1960.
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Minister examines UN reports pointing to concerns at Vietnamese adoptions
INTERVIEW:
 The Helping Hands adoption agency wants transparency in Vietnamese adoptions, which are suspended, writes CAROL COULTER, Legal Affairs Editor 
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Report criticising Vietnamese adoptions to be published  
A MAJOR UNICEF report, believed to be behind the Government’s failure to renew a bilateral agreement with Vietnam on adoption, is to be made public later this month.   
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Six Vietnamese officials sentenced to jail over fraudulent adoptions  
SIX VIETNAMESE health officials and charity workers in the northern province of Nam Dinh have been sentenced to jail for arranging over 300 fraudulent adoptions.  
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Six jailed for Vietnam baby fraud  
Six Vietnamese have been sentenced to jail for arranging more than 300 fraudulent adoptions, an official said. The six were jailed for two to four-and-a-half years for "abuse of power", court official Nguyen Tien Hung said. 
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Egypt jails US 'adoption' couples
Two US couples have been jailed in Egypt for two years for trying to illegally adopt children. 
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A Dad's Adoption Nightmare    
After Bringing Home a Child from Samoa, Mike Nyberg Learned She Had a Loving Family Back Home   
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Whatever happened to Jane's baby?
Standing in the lobby of London's Savoy hotel, pregnant and with a crying bundle in her tattered shawl, Dublin woman Florrie Kavanagh must have attracted some disdainful looks.
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Regulating adoption  
"Inter-country adoptions raise many complex issues and reveal sharply the inequalities that exist between “sending” and “receiving” countries. Not only are income levels vastly different, it is inevitable that the administrative infrastructure in most of the “sending” countries will rarely match that in the “receiving” and that there will be room for bad practice to develop as a result. In such circumstances, responsibility lies on the “receiving” country to ensure that everything is done to protect the children involved. The alternative is a scenario where in the years to come as adoptive children reach adulthood, they will have legitimate questions for the Irish authorities as to what steps were taken to guarantee their interests. The Government must ensure it has the answers."
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The Orphan Manufacturing Chain
Who wants to buy a baby? Certainly not most people who try to adopt internationally. And yet too often that's how their dollars and euros are being used.
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2008 News

Twin brother, sister marry one another
In a remarkable and disturbing twist of fate, British twins who were separated at birth met, fell in love and married without knowing they were brother and sister.
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Alex Haley, Author of Roots 



 

 

 

 

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