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# Adoption

All time
# Family
Just two men have been approved to adopt since 2004
The figures were released in the Dáil last week.
# dachsbull
So THIS is what a pitbull-dachshund mix looks like
It’s pretty cute.
Voices
Column: On marriage equality and the red herring of raising children
Whenever same-sex marriage is argued against – be it in print, radio or television – the issue of raising children is inevitably raised. But it’s a red herring.
# oh breda
7 people who would definitely marry their mams if the marriage referendum passes*
*Shh, don’t worry. No one will be marrying their mams. We think.
# Referendum
'Should we allow mothers to marry their daughters?'
The marriage equality debate has begun in earnest…
# From Russia With Love
Which countries do Irish people adopt children from the most?
The most popular locations for inter-country adoptions have changed due to new rules.
# Redress
Mother-and-baby home survivors want fully inclusive inquiry into what happened to them
It is anticipated the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry will be discussed by Cabinet next week.
# birth certs
Adoption group urges support for new law to stop adoptees 'feeling like pariahs'
James Reilly has said that the Adoption Bill will benefit from further consultation.
# ADOPTION RIGHTS
'My son died believing I had rejected him': Philomena Lee calls on Senators to support Adoption Bill
The Seanad is set to debate a Bill on the rights of adopted people this week.
# three legged miracle
From the streets of Thailand to a living room in Ireland: One dog's story
Chaya escaped abduction into the dog-meat market when she was adopted by Deirdre McDonnell
Voices
Column: 'At aged 48, I found out I was adopted. When I found my mother, it was too late'
It took Harry Foley 20 years to find his brother and sisters in Ireland. He said the State need to take hold of the situation and apologise.
# the hardest word
Philomena Lee deserves an apology from the state: Labour TD
Anne Ferris was opening a world adoption conference in UCC today.
# Children
Philomena Lee to tell world conference about her forced adoption in Ireland
A major international conference in Cork today will hear from a number of speakers about adoption law.
# Children's Rights
Philomena Lee to speak about her experience of forced adoption in Ireland
The event will see a number of different international experts discussing children’s rights in Ireland.
# new boss
Mother-and-baby home survivors concerned over ministerial switch-around
James Reilly has taken over at the Department of Children — just days before the establishment of the large-scale inquiry into mother-and-baby homes.
# Books
Singapore national library to destroy LGBT-themed children's books
Library says three books are contrary to its “pro-family” stance.
# the commission
International judge should chair mother-and-baby investigation, survivors say
Groups representing survivors of the institutions are meeting with Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan today.
Voices
Opinion: It may seem heartless, but we shouldn't fund an inquiry into religious-run homes
I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?
Voices
Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland
The history of Ireland’s legal adoption battle is fraught with examples of church-state collusion, even after 1952 when legislation for it was finally enacted in Ireland.
# Adoption
There are 14 times more Irish people looking to adopt than there are children available
However the Children’s Rights Alliance has warned that Ireland must not adopt from countries not inside The Hague recommendations.
# Oireachtas agenda
How should Irish adoption laws be changed?
Representatives from a number of groups will address the Health Committee on this issue today.
# ziggy
Louth kitten pleas to be rescued from 'randy bitch' in brilliantly odd adoption ad
“I might have nothing left by the time the horny bitch is done with me”.
# Averil Power
State 'robbing adoptees of their identities' by denying access to birth certs
Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power, who was adopted from a mother-and-baby home, has called for access rights to be given,
# tip of the iceberg
Mary Lou McDonald warns that Tuam mass grave could be one of 'dozens'
Sinn Féin’s deputy leader has called for a public inquiry to look into all mother and baby homes nationwide.
# Chopping onions
Mum receives surprise adoption papers from daughter she took in 10 years ago
Best Mother’s Day present ever.
# anomaly
Children's minister commits to ending the 'trauma' caused by current adoption laws
A legal anomaly in relation to step-parent adoption means that natural parents have to adopt their own children.
# open adoption bill
"For 23 years I lived with pain in my heart that I had lost my own baby"
The bill will allow adoptive parents and close blood relatives of an adopted child to agree access arrangements.
# Adoption
'A truly remarkable woman': Philomena a 'catalyst' for increase in adoption queries
Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said she would welcome a meeting with the campaigner Philomena Lee.
# Guardianship
Government begin bid to allow same-sex couples to adopt
The consultation process on the Child and Family Relationships Bill will now begin in the Oireachtas.
# Children
Stop people aged over 42 adopting from another country? That's discriminatory
The Children’s Minister made the comment today following a call from the Adoption Authority of Ireland to put an age limit of 42 on intercountry adoptions.
# Search
Give adopted people their records, says the real Philomena
Philomena Lee is in Dublin today urging the Irish government to release adoption records.
# Oireachtas agenda
NAMA leaks, Russian adoption, and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…
# Italian
UK authorities 'forcibly removed baby from Italian's womb'
The mother of the child has now launched a legal battle.
# Search
Adoption Explainer: What’s the first step to take if you want to trace your parents
There are a couple of routes you can take, says the Adoption Authority of Ireland, but added there are delays, so you should start your search as soon as possible.
# let's stray together
Blind puppy and ‘seeing eye’ brother adopted after adorable hug goes viral
The shelter was inundated with requests to adopt the cuddling pair.
Voices
Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect?
The Children and Family Relationships Bill is proposing a sweeping and comprehensive review of an area of law that touches all of our lives, writes Katherine Irwin.
# bringing up baby
This is how Ireland intends to change 'outdated' laws on bringing up children...
A new piece of legislation will address the legal status of children in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human reproduction.
# Illegal Adoptions
Calls for independent investigation into Ireland's illegal adoptions
Theresa Tinggal was born in 1954 but only found out 11 years ago that she was illegally adopted.
Voices
Column: "Adopted" - the word spoken in hushed tones as I grew up
Actor and playwright Noelle Brown speaks about growing up as an adopted child in the 1970s and the challenges adopted people face when trying to obtain their original birth certs.
Voices
Column: Running a dog rescue centre doesn’t involve frolicking with puppies all day
Running a charity dog rescue centre is physically very demanding, and can cost as much as €150,000 per year – but it has helped reduce the number of dogs being put to sleep by pounds by over 75 per cent in some areas, writes Marina Fiddler.