Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (240)

David Stanton

Question:

240. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 16 and 19 of 12 February 2014 relating to inter-country adoptions from India, the further progress that has been made in completing the full process of delegation to an accredited agency to handle these adoptions; the transitional arrangements in place for prospective adoptive parents, in particular those who are at risk of being aged out, to progress adoptions while awaiting the accredited agency to become fully operational; the timeframe established for this process; when he expects India to reopen to adoptions from Ireland in all adoption categories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23835/14]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Adoption Authority has accredited Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency to facilitate intercountry adoptions from India. The Authority has informed the Indian Central Authority, CARA, of the Authorities decision and sought a favourable and speedy decision on approval from the Indian authorities. Helping Hands Mediation Agency has lodged an application for accreditation with CARA in the Indian Embassy in Ireland and the Indian Embassy has confirmed that that application has been forwarded to CARA. I met with the Irish Indian Group as recently as this morning and will continue to maintain contact with this Group with regard to progress on this matter.