Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (623)

Derek Keating

Question:

623. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when funding will be made available to Irish adoption agencies working with adoption agencies in the USA; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31954/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Work is ongoing in my Department in relation to the issue of funding of agencies accredited for intercountry adoption in order to ensure the sustainability of the agencies and continuity of service. Officials from my Department are in discussion with the agencies, the Adoption Authority and the HSE in relation to examining the future funding arrangements for accredited bodies in intercountry adoption. This includes a review of the immediate sustainability of a number of individual agencies in the context of current demands as well as a longer term review of the most appropriate structuring, financing and charging arrangements of adoption mediation services in order to provide a sustainable high quality and efficient model of future service delivery.