Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Ceisteanna (171)

Andrew Doyle

Ceist:

226 Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Health and Children if the proposed Adoption Bill recognises direct adoptions from Hague-ratified contracting states where such adoptions are legislated for and administered in line with the Hague Convention Good Practice Guidelines; her plans to propose any amendments to clarify this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9024/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

The Adoption Bill, 2009, is designed to give force of law to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. The new legislation, which incorporates the provisions of the Hague Convention, is designed to provide a framework to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed and that all adoptions are effected in the best interests of the child. Future intercountry adoption arrangements will be governed by the terms of the Adoption Bill 2009 when enacted.

With regard to ‘independent' adoptions, Part 13 of the Adoption Bill outlines the restrictions on a person in seeking to make arrangements for adoptions. It also identifies the particular role of accredited authorities in this regard.

Question No. 227 answered with Question No. 198.