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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Philomena to share her experiences at adoption conference

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

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Philomena Lee (80), whose moving story of the search for her son inspired the movie 'Philomena', will speak at a special two-day international conference on adoption to be held in University College Cork next month.

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The conference entitled 'Redefining adoption in a new era: Opportunities and challenges for law and practice' will highlight revisions in adoption law in light of changing cultural contexts and differing family structures.

Conference convenor Dr Aisling Parkes said she was delighted Ms Lee was willing to recount her experiences at the event.

"Although relatively recent, the Adoption Act 2010 (a consolidated version of its predecessor with some minor reforms) is outdated by international comparison. Moreover, it is inconsistent with Irish Adoption practice," she said. "It is imperative the necessary reform of adoption law is informed by best practice worldwide and the experiences of stakeholders and professionals working in the field."

The conference will hear from a number of international experts including Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance, Nigel Cantwell of UNICEF and Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court.

Nick King will also be among those sharing their insight. Mr King, who lives in England with his husband and two adopted children, sits as an independent member of Bournemouth's adoption panel and provides mentoring and training for prospective adopters. The event will run on September 4-5 in UCC's Brookfield Health Sciences Complex.

Irish Independent

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