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# Adoption

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'Many still don't know where loved ones are buried': Irish abuse conference happening in Boston
Minister Katherine Zappone will deliver a keynote speech at the event which is exploring adoption and institutional abuses.
'My mother was tied to the bed and when she couldn't push, one of the nuns sat on her chest'
A new report on mother and baby homes has recommended the State give those affected a statutory right to access files.
Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'
There may be more people than the 126 identified so far caught up in the St Patrick’s Guild adoption scandal.
'Lies, secrets and silences': Some people with illegally registered births will never know
Minister Zappone has appointed an independent reviewer to oversee an analysis of tens of thousands of records.
'Ireland's history needs to be cleaned up': Calls for scope of Mother and Baby Homes inquiry to be extended
The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors also called for a full national DNA database with free testing for all adoptees and illegal adoptees.
Joan Burton: 'I only saw my long form birth cert when I was close to 50 years of age'
Joan Burton TD recalls her personal efforts to obtain information on her adoption and what legal reforms are now necessary after revelations on the faking of birth certificates.
Poll: Should adopted people be allowed access their full birth information?
The issue of adoption rights has been to the forefront in recent days.
'My date of birth was changed, so my biological parents had no hope of finding me'
Yesterday it was revealed that 126 children adopted between 1946 and 1969 weren’t registered correctly.
Varadkar says there'll be 'difficult conversations' as some Irish people find out they were adopted
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, “This really needs to be dealt with with the ultimate sensitivity in the period ahead.”
Zappone reveals at least 126 children were wrongly registered as biological children of adoptive parents
People who were born between 1946 and 1969, who don’t have an adoption order, and were placed by St Patrick’s Guild may be affected by the revelation.
Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds
It’s similar to laws in at least five other states.
Column: So you think adoption has nothing to do with you?
Adoption affects more of us than we realise. 900,000 people are directly affected by adoption or close to 20% of the current population of Ireland, writes Paul Redmond.
"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”
'They were hell on earth': Global efforts to get kids out of orphanages are paying off
The number of children in Romania’s orphanages has plummeted from more than 100,000 in the 80s to about 7,000.
'By getting a puppy at Christmas you're putting it at the worst start in life'
Dogs Trust is repeating its warning to the public to not give dogs as Christmas presents.
'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted
“This shambolic process is now making me feel like a second class citizen – I’m being treated unequally because I’m adopted.”
35 US-born children adopted by Irish families
The adoptions have taken place in the last four years.
'Sold to the highest bidder' - how Ireland's institutions allowed Americans to adopt Irish children in the 1950s
On average 10 Irish children (the vast majority born outside of marriage) per month were adopted by American citizens in the early-to-mid 1950s.
Burton outraged at letter to TDs claiming children adopted by same-sex couples are more likely to be abused
Former Tánaiste said she found the letter “needlessly offensive” to adopted people and gay people.
The lovely moment a teen asks her mam's partner to adopt her is going super viral
It gets emotional.
This kind air hostess adopted a stray dog that waited outside her hotel for six months
SIX months!
A stray dog followed a runner for half a desert marathon, and now she's getting adopted
No YOU’RE crying.
Adopted people are desperately trying to seek their natural families - before it's too late
People trying to find their birth relatives before they die have to wait two years to see a social worker.
The lovely moment a girl asked the man who raised her to adopt her is going viral on Facebook
It’s even caught Ellen DeGeneres’ attention.
Aged 61, actor discovers he was adopted: 'I went from being an only child to the eldest of seven'
Alan Stanford says, ‘Knowing you haven’t been forgotten is so important’
"Meeting my birth father for the first time was really a unique experience."
TV3′s Adoption Stories has followed up on Dan, adopted from Romania when he was three.
'If I was a scientist I'd invent a time machine, and go visit my birth mother'
Nine years after being adopted by Irish parents, Liwen has settled in well.
My first daughter was taken from me at 18, but I never gave up hope of meeting her again
Adopted children shouldn’t be prevented from contacting their natural mothers, Irish First Mothers founder Kathy McMahon writes.
Should adopted children have the right to contact their natural mother? Not if it endangers vulnerable women
My natural mother wants nothing to do with me and so I leave her in peace, however painful it is to do so.
'Truly historic' - Adopted children will soon have the right to their birth records
Birth parents will be allowed declare if they do not wish to be contacted.
'It's like looking at myself in drag' - adopted brother and sister reunited after 40 years
Paul recognised Maggie immediately when he met her for the first time.
This woman thought she had found her birth mother's family, but it wasn't what it seemed
“I was so happy those days, I was thinking ‘This is definitely right, this is my family’.”
Baby Maria, childcare, and why all we want the 'storybook child'
There are currently over 6,000 children in the Irish care system but in childhood, as in life, the implication is that younger is better.
'The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children'
Solicitor Eileen King writes about why a group of lawyers are advocating a No vote this Friday.
'Same-sex marriage referendum WON'T change adoption in Ireland'
No matter which way you vote, Special Rapporteur for Children, Geoffrey Shannon has said.
The Yes campaign excludes those with reservations about same sex marriage
The fact is that some voters have reservations about gay couples adopting children, therefore genuine engagement on this issue is needed.
People are still buying rabbits and chicks 'on a whim' at Easter
The furry little animals can be great pets but they need a lot of love and care.
Baby boxes - The place for parents to anonymously give up their newborns
The practice is common in parts of Europe and is being considered in the US.
'If my daughter was raped I'd never force her to carry a child'
“I’m very conscious that I was an unwanted pregnancy.”
Will new family law impact same-sex marriage vote?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…