Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1342, 1343)

Clare Daly

Question:

1342. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to investigate adoptions in circumstances in which the mother consenting was a minor. [18551/19]

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Clare Daly

Question:

1343. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to examine other types of irregular adoptions such as those granted in the absence of birth certificates of any kind and in the case of children whose parents were married and instances of correct birth registrations which resulted in illegal adoptions. [18552/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1342 and 1343 together.

The Mother and Baby Home Commission is due to submit its final report to the Minister in February 2020. The scope of the Commission’s remit includes several specific areas of practice and procedure in the care, welfare, entry arrangements and exit pathways for the women and children who were in the named 14 institutions. The Commission's terms of reference include the examination of issues such as procedures related to consent that may have been in place within the named institutions, as set out below:

VII. For children who did not remain in the care of their parents, to examine exit pathways on leaving these institutions so as to establish patterns of referral or relevant relationships with other entities, and in particular to identify- (a) the extent to which the child’s welfare and protection were considered in practices relating to their placement in Ireland or abroad;(b) the extent of participation of mothers in relevant decisions, including(i) the procedures that were in place to obtain consent from mothers in respect of adoption, and(ii) whether these procedures were adequate for the purpose of ensuring such consent was full, free and informed; and(c) the practices and procedures for placement of children where there was cooperation with another person or persons in arranging this placement, this to include where an intermediary organisation arranged a subsequent placement.

The report and any findings or recommendations made therein cannot be pre-empted.

Accordingly, any decision around a broader examination of the issues referred to by the Deputy will be made in the context of the Commission's final report when it is received.