Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has said there is an immediate priority for the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald to deal with the legislative roadblock that stands in the way of up to 5 families adopting children they have been matched with in Russia.
Deputy Troy commented: “Minister Fitzgerald must act in a humane and compassionate manner today and confirm when she meets families whose foreign adoption lies in doubt as a result of changes made by the Russians authorities in July of this year without any prior warning that she will amend the adoption act.
“As a result of these changes up to 5 families who have an existing referral will not be able to finalise adoption orders because Irish legislation prevents them from doing so. The license to adopt for these couples ends on October 31st 2013. For a foreign adoption order to be recognised in Ireland couples need to have a live declaration. The act allows couples adopting from a non-Hague country until 31st Oct 2013 to adopt but does not allow any extension no matter what the circumstances.
“I have raised this issue directly with the Taoiseach in the Dáil. It’s clear the Government has not been on top of this issue to date and I am urging the Minister to be much more proactive in this regard.
“I am calling on Minister Fitzgerald to act in a humane and compassionate manner and confirm today that the Government is prepared to amend section 41 of the adoption act 2010 to allow for licenses of families affected to be extended for another year to allow these adoptions to be completed. Time is running out and Minister Fitzgerald must not prevaricate any longer.”