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Adoption Legislation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 22 February 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Questions (243, 251, 259, 287)

Clare Daly

Question:

243. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will ensure that the national adoption contact preference register is put on a statutory footing in the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016. [9132/17]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

251. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will ensure that the national adoption contact preference register is put on a statutory footing in the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016. [9160/17]

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Róisín Shortall

Question:

259. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will ensure that the national adoption contact preference register is put on a statutory footing in the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016. [9264/17]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

287. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will ensure that the national adoption contact preference register is put on a statutory footing in the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016. [9062/17]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 243, 251, 259 and 287 together.

The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill was published on 25th November 2016. The Bill provides at section 14 that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, shall establish and maintain a register to be known as the Register of Adoption Contact Enquiries. The existing National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR) will be discontinued. However, all information relating to the NACPR will be retained. Before the new Register is established, each person whose details are on the NACPR will be contacted advising them of the new Register that is being established by Tusla. They will be invited to apply to have their details entered on the new Register. However, where birth parents have already indicated a preference for no contact on the NACPR, details of this preference will be transferred to the new Register.

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