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Report of the Adoption Board 1989
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|Title: ||Report of the Adoption Board 1989|
|Publisher: ||Adoption Authority of Ireland|
|Issue Date: ||1989 |
|Description: ||The Board received 657 applications for adoption orders in 1989.
Applications for the adoption of children placed by the registered adoption
societies and the health boards fell from 417 in 1988 to 378 last year.
There was also a reduction in the number of applications for children being
adopted within their natural family, although these cases again accounted for
40% of applications received. Last year the Board received 257 such
applications compared with 279 in the previous year.
The Board made 615 adoption orders in 1989. This is the lowest number of
orders made in a single year since 1961 and reflects the steady decline in the
number of children placed for adoption in recent years . Family adoptions
accounted for over one third of the orders made. In 188 of these cases the
adopters were the child's natural mother and her husband.
A considerable proportion of the Board's work in 1989 was given to the
processing of applications for the adoption of children coming within the scope
of the Adoption Act 1988. The Board received 24 such applications in 1989. It
also re-activated four applications on which it had earlier adjourned a decision.
Last year the Board made nine declarations in favour of foster parents under the
1988 Act. Five of the declarations were for foundlings and four were for
children born within marriage.
In 1989 the High Court made three orders under the 1988 Act authorising the
adoption of three children born within marriage. The Board duly made adoption
orders for the three children concerned. In none of these cases did the natural
parents oppose the application.
Further information on applications dealt with under the 1988 Act is given on
page 7 of this report.
The Board is perturbed about the number of natural mothers placing children for
adoption directly with couples who are not members of the extended family.
Such placements are known as private adoptions. Last year the Board received
22 applications for adoption orders for children placed in this manner.|
|Series/Report no.: ||Pl 7172|
|Appears in Collections: ||Adoption Authority of Ireland|
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