Category: Ireland

Mexico authorities unravel child trafficking ring

Source: Published January 23, 2012| Associated Press ZAPOPAN, MEXICO – Life seemed to give Karla Zepeda a break when a woman came to her dusty neighborhood of cinderblock homes and dirt roads looking for babies to photograph in an anti-abortion ad campaign. The woman asked to use the 15-year-old’s baby girl in a two-week… Read more »

Irish adoptions from Vietnam to resume

Source: CAROL COULTER, Legal Affairs Editor The Irish Times – Friday, November 11, 2011 VIETNAM HAS ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, allowing Irish couples to adopt children from the country once more. The ratification will come into force on February 1st. Until 2009, adoptions into Ireland from Vietnam took place under a… Read more »

Adoption agency funded despite Vietnam suspension

Source: CAROL COULTER, Legal Affairs Editor Mon, Oct 10, 2011 THE HEALTH Service Executive paid more than €200,000 in 2010 to an adoption agency in Cork which deals with adoptions from Vietnam, despite the fact adoptions from that country were suspended in May 2009. The money was paid through the HSE in Cork to… Read more »

Authority to travel for talks on adoption agreements

Source: The Irish Times – Monday, October 10, 2011 CAROL COULTER DELEGATIONS FROM the Adoption Authority of Ireland will travel to Mexico, the Philippines and the United States to discuss adoption agreements, the International Adoption Association was told at the weekend. Geoffrey Shannon, chairman of the authority, told its annual conference it was in… Read more »

UN committee backs call for Magdalene probe

Source: Updated: 12:25, Tuesday, 7 June 2011 Justice for Magdalenes has welcomed a recommendation by a UN committee for a statutory inquiry into the Magdalene laundries. 6 June 2011 The Justice for Magdalenes campaign has welcomed a recommendation by a United Nations committee for a statutory inquiry into the Magdalene laundries. The committee also… Read more »

Profit, not care: The ugly side of overseas adoptions

Date: 2011-06-05 Source: Lax regulation and an endless demand by childless couples in the West has created an often exploitative market in babies born in the developing world By Laurie Penny Sunday, 5 June 2011 In rural Nepal, where the going rate for a healthy orphan is $5,000 (£3,000), some 600 children are missing…. Read more »

Adoptions from Vietnam look likely to resume

Source: Monday May 30 2011 Hopes have been raised that Irish couples will be able to adopt children again from Vietnambut no timescale has yet emerged. The optimism follows a visit to Vietnam by a delegation from the Irish Adoption Authority who found a significant improvement in standards governing adoption there. Adoption Authority chairman… Read more »

First of approved adoption agencies to open

Source: The Irish Times – Monday, May 30, 2011 CAROL COULTER MINISTER FOR Children Frances Fitzgerald will today launch Ireland’s first accredited adoption mediation agency. Arc Adoption will provide assistance to prospective parents seeking to adopt children abroad. Its chief executive is Shane Downer, former head of the International Adoption Association. Since the passing… Read more »

Minister seeks to reopen Vietnam for Irish adoptions

Source:  The Irish Times – Monday, April 4, 2011 JAMIE SMYTH THE GOVERNMENT will begin talks on securing a new administrative agreement with Vietnam shortly to help reopen the southeast Asian state for Irish couples pursuing intercountry adoptions. An estimated 200 Irish couples seeking adoptions in Vietnam were left in limbo following a decision… Read more »