Irish senators’ bill on adoption rights

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Irish senators have published a bill calling on the government to give adopted people automatic access to their birth certificates.

It would give adoptees the right to their birth certificate, the name of their mother, the time of their birth and also their birth father’s name if available.

It would also allow birth mothers to be contacted in advance of birth certificates being issued to check if they were willing for their contact details to be passed on.

If they declined to release their contact details the adoptee would be informed of the refusal, but mothers could also choose to allow health details and other relevant information to be passed on even if refusing direct contact.

The bill also means that birth parents would be able to access information concerning the process of adoption of their children, including the sourcing of adoption certificates, their children’s adoptive names and the names of their adoptive parents.

The adoptee would also be entitled to decline the release of any information that would identify them or their adoptive parents.

Opposition senators Averil Power, Fidelma Healy Eames and Jillian Van Turnhout published the bill at Leinster House on Monday.

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