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It is not commonly known
that Ireland was a “sending country” long before we began adopting
children from other countries. From
the 1940’s until the 1970’s at least 2,000 children were sent from
Ireland to the US for adoption. This
exodus of children was not only State sanctioned, the adoptions were
deliberately and knowingly omitted from the Adopted Children’s
Register and the Adoption Board was purposely exempted from overseeing
these adoptions. There was
considerable publicity at the time this practice came to light in 1996
and despite lengthy discussions in Dáil Éireann at that time debating
plans to assist Irish adopted people who were sent to America, no
progress has ever been made.
the adopted people concerned stumble upon Adoption Rights Alliance or
similar websites, they are left in a position of uncertainty, without
any statutory right to information about their origins and they remain
excluded from the facilities put
in place (e.g. free online access to Census data) to assist Ireland’s
other diaspora in their genealogical quests.
In our experience, the Adoption Board/Authority has always
refused to acknowledge or provide assistance to those adopted people who
do not appear on the Index to the Adopted Children’s Register.
plans to introduce “Certificates of Irishness” are, to say the
least, insulting to our service users who had been sent to America for
adoption. They feel they
are excluded from the perks afforded to the other diaspora, while they
are not even acknowledged by the regulatory body for adoptions.
|“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