Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has welcomed
reports that the Government may now agree to demands for a change in
legislation to allow Irish couples to complete adoptions from Russia.
Last July Russian authorities changed their adoption laws, stipulating that
children eligible for adoption must stay on a database for 12 months rather
than six months.
This affected between five and 30 Irish couples who were trying to finalise
their adoptions before a legal deadline which expired just over a month ago.
Gerry Adams said:
“I raised with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Fitzgerald,
and with the Taoiseach in the Dail, the issue of a number of Irish families
seeking adoptions of Russian children, and the need to extend the validity of
the declarations of suitability and eligibility.
“Some of these families had travelled to Russia and met their prospective
adoptive children. Since the summer, the adoptive process has been stalled and
this has been a very traumatic and distressing time for the families involved.
“I have been seeking amendments to the Adoption Act which would give these
couples time to complete their adoptions. Reports today that the deadline to
complete adoptions may be extended by a further year is very welcome.”