Press Release

Fahey Welcomes New Agreement on Inter-country Adoption with Thailand

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, with responsibility for Child Care announced today that a working agreement on inter-country adoption has been finalised with authorities in Thailand. The agreement means that all submissions from Irish couples who wish to adopt in Thailand will be transmitted via the Adoption Board to the Child Adoption Centre in the Department of Public Welfare in Thailand.

Minister Fahey said that this was a very positive development which will be helpful for couples wishing to adopt from Thailand. He said that the conclusion of agreements such as this underlines his commitment to ensuring a child centred adoption process, which also supports and assists prospective adopters.

The Minister put the conclusion of this agreement in the context of the ongoing work on the introduction of a Bill to implement the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, 1993 which Ireland has signed but not yet ratified. Ultimately, such a Bill will facilitate an integrated and coherent approach to inter-country adoption between ratifying countries. In the meantime, by supporting the conclusion of agreements such as this, the Minister said that he is continuing to work to ensure that the foreign adoption processes are of the highest standards – in the best interests of both the children concerned and their prospective adoptive parents.