17 December 2013

Fitzgerald approves bill to give couples more time for Russian adoptions

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister of Children & Youth Affairs has today (December 19th) introduced the Adoption (Amendment Bill) 2013 in Dáil Éireann.

The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Adoption Act to allow a small
number of prospective adopters affected by recent changes in Russian
legislation further time to complete their adoptions.

Earlier this week Minister Fitzgerald sought and received Government
approval for the Bill.

The Bill proposes to extend the period of declarations of eligibility and
suitability which apply to the Russian Federation for one year to 31
October 2014 for those prospective adoptive parents who held such
declarations on 31 October 2013.

The Minister has received very strong requests from across the House to
bring forward such a proposal.

The Bill was brought forward after extensive diplomatic efforts were
undertaken to see if a solution could be arrived at in Russia.

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Explanatory Background:

The Adoption Authority informed the Department of Children and Youth
Affairs that having reviewed its records it believes that 23 Prospective
Adoptive Parents held Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability valid for
adoption from Russia on 31 October 2013.