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Report of the Adoption Board 1994
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|Title: ||Report of the Adoption Board 1994|
|Publisher: ||Stationery Office|
|Issue Date: ||1994 |
|Description: ||The Board received 482 applications for adoption orders in
Applications for children being adopted within their natural
family increased from 267 in 1993 to 286 in 1994. These
cases accounted for 59.3% of the applications received.
Applications for the adoption of children placed by the
registered adoption societies and the health boards
continued to decline. These amounted to a total of 173
The corresponding figure for 1993 was 229
The Board made 424 adoption orders in 1994 compared with 500
in 1993. Family adoptions accounted for 200 orders, of
which 184 (or 43.4% of the total orders) were made in favour
of the child's birth mother and her husband.
The Board made thirteen adoption orders under the Adoption
Act, 1988. Further information on applications under this
Act is given on page 8 of this report.
During 1994 the Board continued to recognise foreign
adoptions under the terms of the Adoption Act 1991 , the
details of which are given on pages 9 & 10 of this report.
In 1994 the Board made 8 adoption orders for Irish children
with special needs due to physical or mental disability .
A judgment by the European Court of Human Rights and
Fundamental Freedoms, delivered in May 1994, addressed the
position of a natural father of a non-marital child in the
Irish adoption process. The Court found that the rights of
the father concerned under the convention for the Protection
of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms had been violated
by the adoption of his child without his knowledge or
consent and without his having a right of hearing in the
proceedings. The Board noted that, while changes were
effected in its practice and in the practice of agencies by
reference to the judgment , there was no change in the law by
the year's end. The Board calls for legislation to address
this issue at an early date.|
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