Monday 19 March 2018

Moves to help boy's adoption

Frances Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

THE Government is set to rush through a change in the law so that an Irish couple can adopt a baby boy from Russia.

Lisa and Michael Fennessy were in the process of adopting 19-month-old Alex from the Arkangel region but were caught in an international legal quagmire.

The adoption rules were changed in Russia and that had a knock-on effect on the adoption law here.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald is now going to get cabinet approval next week to change the adoption law on humanitarian grounds so that the Fennessy family can go ahead with the adoption.

There is a deadline of December 29 for the adoption to go ahead, otherwise it is at risk of falling through. Dail time has already been allocated on two days next week so that an amendment to the Adoption Act 2010 can be passed to help the Fennessy family.

The Fennessy family, who are living in Ballyduff, Co Waterford, have already met Alex when they travelled to Russia earlier this year. He was to become a baby brother to Lee (5), whom they adopted from Vietnam as an infant.

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