Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Health and Children

Inter-Country Adoptions

12:00 pm

Photo of Mary UptonMary Upton (Dublin South Central, Labour)
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Question 143: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the way inter-country adoption with countries such as Mexico which operate on a system of independent and private adoptions will be affected by the Adoption Bill 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44036/09]

Photo of Barry AndrewsBarry Andrews (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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The Adoption Bill, 2009, is designed to give force of law to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. The new legislation, which incorporates the provisions of the Hague Convention, is designed to provide a framework to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed and that all adoptions are effected in the best interests of the child. Future intercountry adoption arrangements will be governed by the terms of the Adoption Bill 2009 when enacted.

With regard to the issue of "independent" adoptions, I would draw the Deputy's attention to the provisions set out in Part 13 of the Adoption Bill which identify the restrictions on a person in seeking to make arrangements for adoptions. It also identifies the particular role of accredited authorities in this regard.


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