Public Consultation on the Potential Introduction of Open or Semi-Open Adoption in Ireland
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is seeking your opinions to inform a review on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland.
‘Open adoption’ is most commonly understood to refer to arrangements involving post-adoption contact between members of birth and adoptive families of adopted children under 18. ‘Semi-open adoption’ usually means arrangements for indirect contact such as the sharing of information and or items between members of birth and adoptive families, usually facilitated or mediated by social workers. In practice, open adoption and semi-open adoption may take on many different forms, including:
Birth parents providing information to social workers about themselves and their lives, such as their medical histories or family background, so that these details can be shared with the adopted child;
The adoptive parents writing to the birth parents by regular arrangement to let them know how the adopted child is getting on, in school, for instance;
Face to face meetings or visits between the adopted child and his or her birth parent;
Birth parents sending birthday cards to the adopted child; or
Arrangements for the adopted child to meet up with his or her birth siblings or grandparents
By answering this short survey, you will assist the Department in carrying out its review on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has committed to laying a report based on this review and consultation before the Oireachtas by November 2019.
By law, the Department cannot publish anyone’s individual details or responses. All personal information is kept strictly confidential. We appreciate that your privacy is important to you, so we’ve included a privacy notice here. This explains your rights as a data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Only nominated staff in the Adoption Policy Unit and the Research and Evaluation Unit in DCYA will see and analyse anonymous survey responses. Only aggregate results will be generated and they will not be linked with any other data.