Fitzgerald challenged on adoptions

Date: 2012-01-27


A CLAIM by the Minister for Children that there is no evidence that previous adoptions in Mexico by Irish couples are unsafe has been challenged in the Dáil.

Frances Fitzgerald referred to the controversy in Mexico where 11 Irish couples had been questioned following the discovery of an international child-smuggling ring, after the arrest of three local women accused of buying children from their mothers.

During a Dáil debate on inter-country adoption, Ms Fitzgerald assured parents who had previously adopted from Mexico that the Adoption Authority of Ireland “has no evidence that previous adoptions are unsafe or are affected by the recent events in Mexico”.

Socialist Party TD Clare Daly questioned the statement and said that of 92 children adopted by Irish couples, 60 were arranged by a lawyer called Lopez, who was being sought by police in Mexico.

“How can the Irish Adoption Board say adoptions from Mexico are safe if the Mexican authorities are seeking an individual who has arranged two-thirds of those adoptions?” the Dublin North TD asked. The lawyer was being sought for “illegal practices in adoption involving 60 children adopted by Irish parents, yet the adoption board is on record as stating that all existing adoptions of Mexican children by Irish couples are safe. Both those scenarios cannot be correct.”

During the debate Ms Daly also criticised the media focus on the difficulties faced by up to 20 couples who desperately wanted to adopt from Vietnam, saying they had ignored the plight of 55,000 adopted adults in Ireland, “many of whom were illegally adopted in the State”. There was a “double standard” around adoption because in the past, “Ireland was a huge exporter of children, much to our shame”.

There was now a similar situation in other countries where “in many instances people in poor and difficult socioeconomic circumstances have been preyed upon”.

Sinn Féin spokesman on children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin also highlighted the “shady motivation” of some adoption organisations overseas and warned of “baby businesses masquerading as adoptions organisations”.

“For many years poor children in Ireland were taken from their parents because others felt they ‘knew best’ and that there was a better class of parent elsewhere.

“It is not a mindset that should be applied or transferred from our past experience to any other jurisdiction today”. Ireland had to be “sensitive to the factors that lead parents in less well-off countries to place their children for adoption” and many would not give their children up if they could financially support them, he said.

Opening the debate, Ms Fitzgerald said events in Mexico served to reinforce the need to “ensure that all intercountry adoptions are properly regulated and effected in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention”, a set of “core standards designed to ensure good practice”. She said there was no provision for private adoptions in Mexico. The Adoption Authority registered 341 foreign adoptions in 2003, rising to a high of 397 in 2008, she added. The number had declined since, with about 200 inter-country adoptions in 2010 and 2011.


I am shocked to see

I am shocked to see adoptions from Vietnam to Ireland again, considering the number of children who suicided out there having been adopted to Ireland during the Vietnam war. Also Ireland is racist to the extreme and importing children into white CATHOLIC Ireland is damaging to children.

Children of unmarried

Children of unmarried mothers were SOLD to rich people by the Catholic church not that long ago. Their identies were changed and so they will never find their real mothers. Many do not even know they were adopted because the buyer/adopter got the children registered with her as the real mother.

The minister now feels that these children should never know their real mothers because it will distress the mothers.

Who make her God?

Does she expect us to adhere to her inhuman feelings?


Need we say more...programmed heartless being.

“For many years poor

“For many years poor children in Ireland were taken from their parents because others felt they ‘knew best’ and that there was a better class of parent elsewhere.

This is still going on now and it is not a question of the social workers or others knowing best it is a cost issue for ireland. It is cheaper for the Irish to put a poor disabled child in care and give no or minimal treatment to the child than have a parent advocate for all the child is entitled to. So social workers take the children based upon false and fabricated allegations or the infamous "the child's health, development or welfare is likely to be avoidably impaired or neglected" Which basically is an open door for any allegation.

It is disgraceful shame on Ireland!

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