Ireland signs agreement on intercountry adoptions with the Philippines

It sets out how adoptions will operate between the two countries

Ireland signs agreement on intercountry adoptions with the Philippines

File photo dated of a mother holding the hand of a new baby | Image: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/Press Association Images

A new administrative agreement has been signed between Ireland and the Philippines on intercountry adoption.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone welcomed the official signing between the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Philippines Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB).

It sets out in detail how intercountry adoption will operate between the two authorities.

Both countries have ratified the 1993 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children.

This provides assurance for individual children, their families, and the State that appropriate procedures have been followed and that the adoption was affected in the best interests of the child.

Ireland ratified the Hague Convention on November 1st 2010, and the Adoption Authority was also established on that day.

"Any previous agreements signed between these two central authorities pre-dates Ireland's ratification of Hague and the establishment of the Adoption Authority," the authority says.

Minister Zappone said: "My aim is to have safe and secure adoptions. It is against this background that my department is working to create the appropriate legislative, policy and administrative frameworks which will ensure a well regulated regime of adoption."

"This Administrative Agreement will provide a clear road map as to how the intercountry adoption process will operate between Ireland and the Philippines."

Dr Geoffrey Shannon is chairman of the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

"The administrative arrangement reflects the legal diversity and common goals of the contracting states," he said.

"This arrangement is a significant development in that it embodies a consensus on the practical arrangements applying to child adoption between the two contracting states," he added.

Ireland currently adopts children from the following countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • India
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Vietnam
  • Lithuania

Ten adoptions of children from the Philippines have taken place in Ireland since 2010. In 2015, there were 82 intercountry adoptions to Ireland.