Adoption and the Irish Care System: Context and Drivers for Change?

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Title: Adoption and the Irish Care System: Context and Drivers for Change?
Authors: O'Brien, Valerie
Palmer, Angela
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Date: Sep-2015
Online since: 2019-04-16T08:27:01Z
Abstract: Long-term foster care ("LTFC") is the predominant permanent option for children who are likely to remain in care in Ireland. The Adoption Bill 2012 (the "2012 Bill"), published at the time of the holding of the Children's Referendum but not progressed since, seeks to ease existing legal restrictions in respect of adoption of children living in foster care. Against a backdrop of overall adoption trends in Ireland, this paper explores the 2012 Bill. It unpacks the concept of "permanency", discusses the incentives and disincentives involved in moving between foster care and adoption, and identifies key questions needed to shape the debate. How the passing of the Children's Referendum and its revision of the Constitution play out in the Irish legislature and court system remain to be determined.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Round Hall
Journal: Irish Journal of Family Law
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
Start page: 52
End page: 59
Keywords: Long-term foster careAdoption Bill 2012Children's ReferendumAdoption trends in IrelandIrish Constitution
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISBN: 1393-7073
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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