Large decrease in Irish parents adopting children from abroad

Large decrease in Irish parents adopting children from abroad
33 of 112 children adopted in Ireland last year came from other countries - compared to 188 in 2011.

The number of foreign adoptions by Irish parents has decreased by 82% in the past eight years.

According to Freedom of Information figures, there were 112 adoptions in Ireland last year.

Thirty-three of the children came from other countries - compared to 188 in 2011.

Speaking on behalf of children's charity Barnardos, Suzanne Connollysaid foreign adoptions could only increase again if new laws were introduced.

She said that measures would need to be negotiated between countries.

"I think what's really important as well in terms of rights of birth parents and the rights of children," she said. "Is that the first port of call is to try and enable for children to stay in their own countries."

"And to see that they can get the support that's needed in order for that to happen," she said.

"If that is not possible then the next option obviously is to ensure that children get a safe and nurturing home abroad," she said.

More on this topic

Bumbleance: Keeping the buzz going for seriously ill kidsBumbleance: Keeping the buzz going for seriously ill kids

Life in Covid-19 lockdown from a child's perspective: I’m a kid ... get me out of here!Life in Covid-19 lockdown from a child's perspective: I’m a kid ... get me out of here!

Katherine Zappone calls on Taoiseach to maintain Department of Children and Youth AffairsKatherine Zappone calls on Taoiseach to maintain Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Andy Serkis to embark on live 12-hour charity reading of The HobbitAndy Serkis to embark on live 12-hour charity reading of The Hobbit


More in this Section

 Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for safeguards in mandatory location forms Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for safeguards in mandatory location forms

Covid-19 loan deferrals application deadline approachingCovid-19 loan deferrals application deadline approaching

Gardaí arrest suspected four man South American hit squad in OffalyGardaí arrest suspected four man South American hit squad in Offaly

10,000 Leaving Cert students yet to sign up for calculated grades10,000 Leaving Cert students yet to sign up for calculated grades


Lifestyle

Cork author Conal Creedon tells Richard Fitzpatrick about some of his influences, from characters in his family’s shop to Ian Dury and Jim JarmuschCulture That Made Me: Conal Creedon on showbands, punk rock and playing the saw

A new thriller on Netflix is already causing a stir, and JK Rowling has set the internet alight with chapters of her fairytale, writes Des O’DriscollOnline Entertainment Tips: Snowpiercer, JK Rowling's new tale, and two films on Repeal

She's been sorting out Cork people for ages likeAsk Audrey: Normal People is basically a Maeve Binchy novel with mobile phones

Every evening, volunteers set out on bikes from Penny Dinners, delivering food and supplies to Cork’s homeless community. Donal O’Keeffe accompanied the Knight Riders on their rounds.Knight Riders bike around Cork city to deliver food to the homeless for Cork Penny Dinners

More From The Irish Examiner