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# Adoption

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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.
Call for inquiry into high mortality rates at mother and baby homes
Mortality rates in some mother and baby homes were as high 55 per cent during the 1940s, a new report claims.
Court ruling paves way for NI same sex couples to adopt
A court has overturned a challenge by Minister Edwin Poots, who took issue with an earlier ruling to lift an adoption ban.
Adrian Mutu wants to adopt the Chinese baby rescued from sewage pipe
‘I must adopt him, he has been sent to me by God,’ says the Romanian.
France approves same-sex marriage and adoption
It is the 14th country in the world to say ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.
Protesters in final bid to block French gay marriage law
Today’s protest comes just two days ahead of a decisive parliamentary vote that would make France the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
Column: The same-sex marriage debate shows ‘non-traditional’ families aren’t really accepted
As a single parent family, I realise we’ve only been tolerated as opposed to accepted as a proper family unit and because of the absence of the traditional set up we are somehow ‘less than’, writes Carol Redmond, who says same-sex unions are being treated in the same way.
Russia concerned by US move not to charge dead boy's parents
The US has decided not to prosecute the adoptive parents of a Russian boy who died in January – despite Russian claims that the toddler was tortured and murdered.
European court rules woman can adopt lesbian partner's child
The landmark ECtHR ruling found that a person cannot be forced to give up their child before an adoption by someone of the same sex.
Children's Minister meeting with Russian officials over adoption agreement
Frances Fitzgerald said the discussions will allow her to explore the feasibility of an agreement on intercountry adoption.
Dogs Trust receives record number of surrender calls after Christmas
The charity currently has 163 dogs and puppies in its care and takes up to 220 surrender calls a week.
Russian parliament considers anti-US adoption bill
The bill is one part of a larger measure by angry Russian lawmakers, retaliating against a recently signed US law that calls for sanctions against the country.
Column: The moment I met the woman having my baby
Caroline and Niall O’Flaherty had a daughter by a surrogate mother in India. Here, Caroline recalls the moment they met her.
Column: ‘Vote Yes to end the culture where children are seen and not heard’
Fergus Finlay says countless reports documented Ireland’s failings to protect children, but this constitutional amendment will change that.
Column: Why I’ll be voting No in the Children’s Referendum
There is no legal need for constitutional change – and it may have unforeseen consequences, writes Gerry Fahey.
Northern Ireland's ban on gay and unmarried adoption overturned
A Belfast judge today rejected a 1987 adoption law that restricted adoption to married couples and single adults.
Ireland and Vietnam sign deal to resume adoption between countries
Vietnamese justice minister Ha Hung Cuong is in Dublin today to sign an agreement with the Adoption Authority of Ireland.
Opposition parties likely to support Children's Rights referendum
Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin welcome the wording, but SF says it wants to consult legal advisors before giving the referendum full approval.
Children's referendum 'not a charter for breaking up families' - Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald says there is “no evidence” that Irish courts would seek to take children from parents if the referendum is approved.
Column: ‘I often wonder whether I’d be here, if abortion had been legal’
Sean Rooney was adopted as a baby in 1993. In a different country he might never have been born, he writes – but that doesn’t mean women shouldn’t have a choice.
Marriage Equality speaks out against Cardinal Brady comments
The organisation said the lack of legal recognition for children of gay and lesbian couples has a significant impact on the children’s lives.
European court upholds German ban on incestuous relationship
The European Court of Human Rights said it was within Germany’s rights to stop a brother and sister from having a family life.
The Daily Fix: Friday
All the day’s big stories – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…
Poll: Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt?
The government has said this week that it has no plans to allow same-sex couples to adopt but what do you think?
Government has no plans to allow same-sex couples to adopt children
A poll found that three-in-five people in Ireland are in favour of same-sex couples adopting but the government has no plans to legislate for this.
Man adopts his own girlfriend in US legal battle
A judge said the “surreal” move takes an ongoing court case “into a legal twilight zone”.
Children in Mexican adoption scam show signs of sexual abuse
Eleven Irish couples have been innocently embroiled in the apparent child-trafficking ring as they believed it was a legitimate adoption process.
Adoptions from Vietnam could restart in weeks, Government says
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald said the door could soon be open for Irish couples to adopt Vietnamese children.
Irish couples caught up in Mexican adoption scam
Local police discovered the child-trafficking ring this week and are currently questioning the 11 couples.
US couple found guilty of death of adopted son
An American couple have been found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of their son, who died of serious head injuries two years ago – they say he ran into a stove.
Catholic Church apologises for forced adoptions in Australia
Mothers have described being shackled and sedated as their newborn children were taken away in Church-run hospitals.
Children's referendum not likely until next year, says minister
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the draft text should be ready by autumn, but a referendum won’t be.
Agency to help Irish people looking to adopt abroad
Arc Adoption is the first mediation agency to be approved under the Hague Convention. It’s hoped that adoptions from Vietnam will resume soon, after they were suspended in early 2010.
Minister asks Adoption Authority to assess situation in Vietnam
Frances Fitzgerald says it’s time for Irish adoption officials to travel to Vietnam and assess the country’s progress on its adoption system reform.
The story of Jane Russell's adopted Irish son that nearly ended her career
The Hollywood star’s son was adopted from an Irish family in the 1950s in a move that nearly ended Russell’s career.
HSE to hand over authority of adoption assessments
It will become more difficult to adopt from some countries overseas, as the HSE hands over authority of adoption assessments.