Category: Ireland

HSE knew of ‘quasi illegal’ Bessborough adoptions in 2011

Source: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 By Conall Ó Fátharta Irish Examiner Reporter A senior HSE social worker revealed in 2011 that Bessborough Mother and Baby Home files contained information on the “quasi-illegal deportation and adoption” of children to the USA, Britain, and Australia. The revelation is contained in a business plan prepared by principal… Read more »

The United States and Vietnam are emerging as the top countries for Irish people adopting abroad

Source: Foreign adoptions on the rise again, says report Eilish O’Regan Twitter 28/08/2015 The number of Irish who are successfully adopting a child from a foreign country is on the rise again, according to the annual report of the Adoption Authority. The updated adoption legislation of 2010 led to a slow-down in foreign adoptions as… Read more »

Long-term foster kids now eligible for adoption

Source: Eilish O’Regan and Tim Healy PUBLISHED 25/04/2015 | 02:30SHARE Hundreds of young people in long-term foster care will be eligible for adoption in the wake of the Supreme Court’s refusal to order a re-running of the 2012 children’s referendum. Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Geoffrey Shannon, said the draft heads of the legislation covering… Read more »

No appetite to uncover scale of illegal adoption scandal

Source: Monday, April 13, 2015 By Conall Ó Fátharta Irish Examiner Reporter Calls for an audit of all the files held by accredited adoption agencies and by the State, so that the full scale of illegal adoptions and birth registrations can be uncovered, have always fallen on deaf ears, writes Conall Ó Fátharta You really… Read more »

Irish gov confirms 2,000 babies illegally sent to US for adoption

Date: 2014-07-17 Source: Kate Hickey @KateHickey_ July 17,2014 01:14 AM The Irish government has confirmed that the remains of almost 500 “unclaimed” infants were used for medical examinations and nearly 2,000 were put up for adoption in the United States. A document released by the government also shows that the remains of 474 babies were sent… Read more »

6,000 adoptions from six mother and baby homes across 23 years

Source: Records of placements show children being sent to US, Britain and Germany Thu, Jul 17, 2014, 01:01 More than 6,000 adoptions were recorded as having taken place in six mother and baby homes in the 23 years between 1950 and 1973, contemporaneous records show. The children went to a range of destinations including the… Read more »

Authority admits thousands of adoptions illegal

Source: Monday, July 07, 2014 By Claire O’Sullivan and Conall Ó Fátharta Thousands of Irish people “must have been” illegally adopted, with many taken out of the country, the Adoption Authority (AAI) has admitted. The controversial claims clash with statements from the then children’s minister and now justice minister, Frances Fitzgerald, who told the Dáil… Read more »

Ireland: Vacant beds for children in care cost taxpayer €20m

Source: Private operators charging up to €13,000 per week for beds for children Tue, Apr 22, 2014, 01:00 Taxpayers paid €20 million a year for empty beds in children’s residential centres aimed at providing care for vulnerable young people in State care, according to an internal report. In all, about 500 children at risk reside… Read more »

Florida adoption ‘ethics’ warning

Source: Monday, April 14, 2014 By Conall Ó Fátharta Irish Examiner Reporter Just months before Ireland signed an adoption agreement with the US, the Adoption Authority (AAI) admitted there were wide ranging “difficulties” with the “practice and ethics” of adoptions from Florida. Responding to concerns from social workers, Celia Loftus, the AAI’s principal social worker,… Read more »

Philomena star Judi Dench urged to back inquiry into ‘stolen baby’ scandal

Source: Henry McDonald in Dublin The Observer, Saturday 16 November 2013 19.29 GMT Co-star Steve Coogan pledges to do what he can to help campaigners in Ireland as film reignites controversy Philomena is a small film that is defying box-office conventions; the audience keeps on growing while other, bigger titles fade. The emotional story… Read more »