Revised bill to give new rights to adopted people

A revised adoption bill may help thousands of adopted people in Ireland finally get access to basic information about their births, writes Simone McCaughren.

19th February, 2012
Revised bill to give new rights to adopted people
Simone McCaughren: 'To date, 42,000 Irish children have been adopted in Ireland, yet thousands of adopted people do not have the most basic of information about themselves.'

Adoption in Ireland has been transformed over the past two decades. There are fewer domestic adoptions taking place and the country has witnessed a steady increase in the number of inter-country adoptions. Most recent published statistics indicate there were only 25 non-family infant adoptions in 2008 but at the peak, in 1967, there were 1,493. Some 490 foreign adoptions were recorded for 2008 by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI).

To date, 42,000 Irish children have been adopted in Ireland, yet...

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