Mothers given priority over the children they gave away
One of the most significant questions in relation to Irish adoption law is whether it is fit for purpose.
The current legislation, the Adoption Act 2010, replicates the 1950s closed model or the 'transplant' model of adoption, whereby the adoption order severs all legal ties between the child and their family of origin and the child is 'transplanted' into a new family.
One well-documented gap in the law is a lack of legal rights for adoptees to information concerning their family of origin. Recent decades have seen major changes in society in the way in which children are both viewed and treated.