Pressure increases to reopen adoption talks
There is growing pressure on the Department of Children to re-open Russia to Irish people who would like to adopt a child there.
About 1,500 children born in Russia have been adopted by Irish parents over the years, but because Russia has not ratified the treaty known as the Hague Convention it has been closed off to new applicants since late 2010.
However, several families would like to adopt a Russian sibling for their child.
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said it would be necessary to get a bilateral agreement between Ireland and Russia before adoptions can resume.
She said the Adoption Authority has reviewed a draft bilateral agreement presented during discussions with its Russian counterparts and has provided her with an initial assessment.
The minister said the Adoption Authority, through the Irish embassy in Moscow, has sought to meet the Russian authorities but they are not in a position to hold talks until the first quarter of next year.
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