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Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 442.  Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald  the number of recorded inter-country adoptions by Irish adoptors in the past ten years in tabular form outlining the number of adoptions in each year and the breakdown by nationality of the children adopted. [24319/12]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald The following table shows the adoptions effected by Irish residents issued with Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability by country and year 2001-2010. It should be noted that these adoptions were registered in the Register of Foreign Adoptions in compliance with the Adoption Act 1991. It should also be noted that there was no legal obligation under the Adoption Act 1991 on adopters to register the adoption of their children.

[476]Registrations Pre-Adoption Act, 2010 (i.e. 2001-2010)

Country 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total
Belarus 11 27 39 56 2 0 1 0 0 0 136
Bos. and Herz. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brazil 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Cambodia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
China 16 51 56 60 52 33 31 19 10 9 337
Colombia 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 7
Ethiopia 0 2 7 16 13 14 17 26 21 75 191
Kazakhstan 19 23 17 9 16 15 6 4 7 1 117
Kenya 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Malawi 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Mexico 1 1 3 3 9 4 8 22 16 10 77
Peru 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Romania 48 13 8 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 73
Russia 45 107 139 189 131 143 160 117 100 80 1,211
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Taiwan 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 12
Thailand 5 15 16 8 2 6 9 11 6 2 80
Ukraine 0 12 14 12 27 11 6 9 2 2 95
Uzbekistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
USA, Florida 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 4 7 18
USA, Texas 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 7
Vietnam 10 81 39 16 92 68 130 182 136 10 764
Zimbabwe 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 163 336 341 375 347 298 374 397 307 200 3138

The following table shows the number of intercountry adoptions registered by the Adoption Authority of Ireland from its establishment on 1st November, 2010 to date, which have been entered in the Register of Intercountry Adoptions. (These are adoptions effected by Irish applicants with Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability to Adopt).

Registrations post-Adoption Act, 2010

Country No. of Adoptions
China 7
Ethiopia 71
India 2
Kazakhstan 6
Mexico 9
Philippines 1
Russia 159
South Africa 1
Taiwan 4
Thailand 2
Ukraine 1
USA 18
Total 281


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