Written answers

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Health Services Provision

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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282. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the screening in place for adoptees in view of the fact adoptees have no access to their medical backgrounds or genetic information; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52175/19]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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There are no specific screening programmes for adoptees. Adoptees are entitled to avail of all existing medical screening programmes on the same basis as any other citizen.

In terms of access to medical or other information, adoptees may apply to the agency which holds their records (which may include medical or genetic information, where this exists) for their own information. Where the original adoption agency is closed, Tusla or the Adoption Authority of Ireland will be able to assist the individual.


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