Thursday, 18 February 2021

Questions (213)

Denis Naughten

Question:

213. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his plans to amend the Adoption Act 2010 to provide full access to birth certificates for adopted persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9251/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I know the absolute importance of access to birth certs and early life information for adoptees. Addressing this issue is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan in response to the Commission’s Report. It is a priority for myself, the Attorney and the Taoiseach.

My Department and I are engaging intensively with the Attorney General to find a solution to the issue of release of birth information and any amendments to the Adoption Acts will be considered in that context. Through this engagement with the Attorney, I am hopeful that we will have Heads of Bill by end March/ early April.