Category: Ireland

Ahern warns of ‘anti-adoption bias’

Source: The Irish Times – Friday, November 27, 2009 MARIE O’HALLORAN A FORMER minister has suggested there may be an “anti-adoption bias” at senior levels of the Department of Health and of the Health Service Executive. Noel Ahern (FF, Dublin North West) questioned why people were obliged to wait five years to adopt when… Read more »

Adoptions from Vietnam may not be recognised, says board

Source:  Monday, September 21, 2009 CAROL COULTER Legal Affairs Editor THE ADOPTION Board has warned prospective adoptive parents that any planned foreign adoptions from Vietnam have no special status here and may not be recognised under Irish law. The board sent out the notice last week, warning prospective adopters that any application to adopt… Read more »

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

Source: Irish Times – Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Adoption provides an opportunity for children to experience the love and security of a permanent family. OPINION: The Oireachtas is debating adoption: can we please keep sight of what this is all really about, writes SHANE DOWNER 

Government urged to ‘come clean’ about break down of inter-country adoption links

Source: Galway Advertiser, May 07, 2009. By Mary O’connor The Government is leaving Irish families with empty cots as inter-country adoption links break down, a local Fine Gael senator has claimed. Fidelma Healy Eames is calling on the Government to “come clean” and spell out the extent of the difficulties surrounding inter-country adoption, stating… Read more »

So you want to adopt a baby …

Source: … then head to the United States where it’s an easier, but more expensive, process than in Ireland. By Caitriona Palmer in Washington Adoption in the US is mainly privately run. UK government minister, David Miliband has adopted two American children

Europeans Get Around Sperm And Egg Donor Regulations

Source: December 03, 2006 The booming egg donor market in the United States is pulling in British donors who want to make extra money. The sale of eggs is illegal in this country, but in America, the industry is worth an estimated $4.5bn (£2.4bn). Donors with the right physical, personal and intellectual attributes can… Read more »

We Irish play an essential role in illegal trafficking in babies

Source: Monday July 10 2006 IT would be hard to underestimate the pain My Linh Soland, the Vietnamese adoption facilitator, has brought to unsuspecting Irish families. More than 150 couples have used Ms Soland to arrange the adoption of a Vietnamese child to complete their family. On Saturday we revealed that Ms Soland, who… Read more »

Ahern welcomes court ruling on Tristan

Source: rte Thursday, 23 February 2006 The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Adoption Ireland have welcomed today’s High Court ruling regarding the future well-being of Tristan Dowse, the four-year-old boy returned to an orphanage in Indonesia by his adoptive parents. Mr Justice John McMenamin ruled that Joe Dowse from Co Wicklow and his Azerbaijani wife,… Read more »

Tragic twins ‘were not orphans’

Source: BBC Date: 2004-03-23   Geoffrey Briggs was convicted of grievous bodily harm   BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme has revealed startling new details behind the lives of tragic Romanian baby twins adopted by a Portadown couple. In October 2000, less than four months after arriving in County Armagh, one of the boys died in… Read more »


Source: Findarticles Date: 2003-03-16 SECRET REPORT ACCUSES KID CHARITY OF FRAUD PHELIM McALEER in BUCHAREST THE charity behind a paralysed tug-of-love Romanian girl’s escape to Ireland has been accused of cashing in on the lucrative adoption trade. Little “orphan” Mihaela Porumbaru was at the centre of a custody battle between Romania and Ireland 18 months… Read more »