Adoption in Ireland
I just started reading Frank McCourt’s book Angela’s Ashes today. The book begins during the Great Depression where the main character Francis is telling the story of his family. There was a very short reference to adoption in the beginning of the book which got me thinking about what little I know about adoptions in Ireland both domestically and internationally.
According to Adoption Loss, over 100,000 Irish have been adopted. This includes 42,000 Irish adoptees when legal adoptions began in 1952. But, there have also been cases of “de facto” adoption, when adoptive parents register their adopted children as their biological children.
And similar to many other countries such as Korea, the roles of religious organizations and their influence on the many unwed mothers who relinquished their children for adoption is apparent.
Perhaps what is most empowering to me is to see the adoption community in Ireland fighting for many of the same rights that we fight for in the Korean adoptee and American domestic adoptee communities.
I’m hoping to learn more about adoption in Ireland, so if you have any particular resources please let me know about them! -Thanks GS