Monday 24 October 2016

Adopted people to get access to birth certificates in new new Bill

Published 20/07/2015 | 10:42

government buildings deposit photo
government buildings deposit photo

THOUSANDS of adopted people will be given the right to access their birth certificate for the first time under new legislation being drawn up by Government.

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The Irish Times reports that The Adoption (Information and Training) Bill, which is due to be discussed at this week’s cabinet meeting, will operate retrospectively and allow adopted people to learn their birth parents’ names.

Currently, a number of issues, including a constitutional right to privacy on the part of the parents, means that adopted people are not allowed access to their birth certificates.

In order to overcome this, adopted people who want access to their birth certificate will have to sign a statutory declaration stating that they will respect the parents’ right to privacy should they not want to be contacted.

As of yet it is unclear if adopted people who break this these rule will face any legal sanctions. 

An new adoption information register will then be established and operated by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, which adopted people and can contact in order to get information about their births, and parents can contact to state how much information they want to divulge about themselves or if they wish to be contacted.

The Irish Times reports that if the proposed legislation is carried through, a 12 month awareness campaign will be held before it is introduced.

There will also be support and guidance given to adopted people and their parents.   

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