Press Release

Lenihan launches review of adoption legislation

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, today announced the publication of a working document setting out a number of issues regarding adoption and invited submissions on it.

“I announced in March my intention to have a wide ranging consultation on adoption legislation covering the existing seven Adoption Acts as well as proposed legislation on information rights for those affected by adoption and on the ratification by Ireland of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. An independent legal expert has drawn up a consultation document exploring a number of issues which I hope interested individuals and organisations will take the opportunity of examining and commenting on.”

The working document entitled Adoption Legislation Consultation – Discussion Paper and General Schemes of the legislation to ratify the Hague Convention and legislation on information rights and post adoption contact are available on the Department of Health and ChildrenĀ“s website.

Submissions may be released under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (as amended). They will be examined in advance of an oral consultation in the early Autumn.

“I hope that this highly focused consultation process will result in workable proposals to bring to Government which will lead to a new, modern and appropriate legislative framework for adoption.”