Alison O’Connor: Adoption red-tape is a cruel process but a necessary one
Anyone who complains about the bureaucracy which can be encountered when engaging with the State -- be it applying for the dole, or headage payments for livestock -- should attempt to adopt a child from abroad to get matters in perspective.
Assessment for an overseas adoption has to rank as one of the most cruel, head-wrecking processes ever to be endured. The chances are that if you are a couple considering inter-country adoption you have been trying to have a baby for years already anyway.
You've possibly spent thousands of euros on fertility treatment. Once you finally accept this is not going to work for you there is the prospect of (a ballpark figure of) €20,000 more to adopt a child from overseas -- by the time you've sorted out all the various fees, administrative, flights etc, involved.