Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Adoption Services Provision
182. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to post-adoption trauma or incidences of post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health problems suffered by adopted children as a result of them being put forward for adoption; the supports and help available to adopted children suffering from these problems and their families; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12400/14]
Under adoption legislation, when a child is registered on the Register of Adoption the child is deemed to be the fully legal child of the adoptive parent/couple, having the same legal status as any biological child of the couple born to them within their marriage. Accordingly, it is open to any adopted child to access Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services operated by the HSE.