joanportraitAn information meeting on the new adoption legislation will take place in Westmanstown Golf Club next Monday, 28th September at 8:00pm.

The meeting has been organised by Tánaiste Joan Burton, and guest speakers will include Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardo’s Ireland, and Susan Lohan, director of the Adoption Rights Alliance.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, the Tánaiste said:
“Ireland has a very secretive regime in place for adopted people who want to trace their birth parents. As an adopted person myself I have always felt this to be a grave injustice. It made it impossible for me personally to trace my birth mother while she was still alive.

“That will change with the new law – the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill. It will allow an adopted person aged 18 and over obtain his or her birth certificate, by creating a new statutory entitlement to the information required to apply for a birth certificate. In addition it will allow the release of important personal information such as medical histories.

“People who were placed in informal adoptions or wrongly registered will also be given access to these information and tracing services.

“I believe everyone is entitled as of right to this knowledge. I have campaigned for many years to bring about new rights for adopted people in Ireland.

“The draft law has been published now and will be carefully considered by a Dáil committee, where organisations representing adopted people can make proposals to improve the draft.

“Next Monday’s meeting promises to be a very useful and informative discussion on the new adoption reform.”