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EU Parliament seeks equal rights for adoptive parents – Hayes

Dublin MEP Brian Hayes this week welcomed moves by the European Parliament to seek the same rights for adoptive parents as for biological parents when it comes to cross border adoption. Under current rules, parents of an adopted child who wish to move to another EU Member State need to apply for an adoption certificate.

14-10-22 Brian Hayes portrait STR-6

“There is a clear need for European legislation that would enable the automatic recognition of domestic adoption orders. As things stand, if Irish parents of an adopted child wish to move to another EU Member State they need to apply to that Member State for an adoption order.”

“EU Member States already have automatic recognition of each other’s official documents in civil and commercial matters. However, adoption cases are treated differently. An individual Member State can refuse to recognise an adoption order if it conflicts with the public policy of that Member State or if the Court that issued the order did not have jurisdiction over the new Member State.”

“Introducing EU legislation in this area will allow adoptive parents to benefit from the same rights as biological parents, without any delay or extra procedures. It is the right thing today.  It will also ensure the best interests of the child” concluded MEP Hayes.

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