Friday 27 April 2018

Adopting a new approach to how we view adoption

Our long-held approach to adoption must be challenged, write Simone McCaughren and Caroline McGregor

The Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017 has now come into effect, which irons out these archaic restrictions. (Stock photo)
The Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017 has now come into effect, which irons out these archaic restrictions. (Stock photo)

Simone McCaughren and Caroline McGregor

Ireland has had an emotional and often painful relationship with adoption. Perhaps this is why it is only now new legislation is tackling some of the most glaring anomalies in the system.

This modern Ireland, which two years ago voted in same-sex marriage, had until this month prohibited the children of married couples from being adopted - one of several outdated restrictions.

Under the Adoption Act 2010, which regulates how all adoptions in Ireland are carried out, couples who are civil partners or cohabitees could not adopt a child. Up until now only married heterosexual couples or single individuals could apply to adopt a child.

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