Monthly Archives: September 2010

2010-10-29: The kids are alright

Two children conceived by artificial insemination by their two mothers, bring their birth father into their family life. Continue reading

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2010-09-24: South African's Heritage Day

Heritage Day, 24 September, is a Public Holiday on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. Continue reading

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2010-09-23: McAleese turns down role in NY St Patrick's parade, LGBT groups approve

President Mary McAleese has insisted that “scheduling constraints” and a very busy final year in office were behind her decision not to accept an invitation to be grand marshal of the New York St Patrick’s Day parade. Irish-American commentator Niall O’Dowd insisted that Mrs McAleese’s decision was connected to the issue of gays being refused the right to march in the parade under their own banners. Continue reading

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2010-09-21: South African and Bulgarian adoption stories on RTE1 "Four Live", 4pm

Given that South Africa will be one of the few options for pink families, it will be interesting to watch the interview of a couple who successfully adopted from South Africa. Continue reading

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2010-09-20: Bulgaria institutions for mentally disabled children under par

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee announces the results of the inspections carried out in the country’s institutions for mentally disabled children.
Hundreds of child deaths, avoidable but never investigated, a large proportion of which caused by malnutrition. The current state of the social institutions for children reveals malnutrition, violence, physical and chemical restraint. Continue reading

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2010-09-19: Life Unexpected

After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another, Lux has decided it’s time to take control of her life and files to become an emancipated minor. She ends up with her two biological parents. Continue reading

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2010-09-17: NELFA CONFERENCE ON LGBT FAMILIES 2010

NELFA, first Journées européennes des familles homoparentales (JEFH) 2010 (Première European homoparental families convention (JEFH) 2010) Paris, 17th and 18th September 2010, Espace Reuilly, Paris 12. The European Conference on LGBT families is organised by the Network of European LGBT … Continue reading

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2010-09-18: Kidnap son convinces father to surrender

A 20-YEAR-old man who police say was abducted by his father 17 years ago during a messy divorce apparently read a newspaper article about his disappearance and persuaded his father to turn himself in. (USA) Continue reading

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2010-09-16: Call for civil marriage legislation

Gay rights campaigners have called on the Government to legislate for civil marriage for same-sex couples following an Irish Times /Behaviour & Attitudes poll which showed a large majority of people in support of such a move. Continue reading

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Country information – what is what?

As we have seen, with Hague coming, things have changed, and relationships with “sending” countries are changing too. Understanding Hague… a story of Doors and Windows To add a bit of clarity, we have collated the various sources of information … Continue reading

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2010-09-15: 67% support gay marriage, 91% support civil partnership, only 38% oppose same-gender couples adoptions (46% support)

A poll suggests strong support for gay marriage (67%), a significant majority (60 per cent) also believe civil partnerships for gay couples will not undermine the institution of marriage. A large majority (91 per cent) also say they would not think less of a person if they revealed they were gay or lesbian.These numbers are consistently high across most age groups, as well as in urban and rural areas.People are divided, however, on whether gay couples should be allowed to adopt children. Some 46 per cent support such a move, while more than a third (38 per cent) are opposed. Continue reading

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2010-09-14: UK child border procedures defended

In a Newsnight probe, welfare groups criticised the failure of the UK Border Agency to tell all adults accompanying children about private fostering law. They said this left many children unregistered and vulnerable to abuse. Continue reading

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Understanding Hague… a story of Doors and Windows

You have heard that everything will change with Ireland finally ratifying the Hague Agreement. How so? Based on the idea that intercountry adoption can be achieved in two ways: through the Door or through the Window, let’s try to explain … Continue reading

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2010-09-13: Irish Pink Adoptions on RTE1 Radio, 9am

Because of the recent announcement about adoption being soon open for South-Africa, Bulgaria, and Thailand, LGBT adopters can celebrate, as South-Africa is themost likely country of origin for us, and it allows LGBT applicants. Continue reading

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2010-09-14: Sarkozy receives slap on wrist from EU commission over his targetting of Romas, and duplicity

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding rebuked the French government over a leaked memo which ‘openly contradicted’ assurances given by two ministers to the Commission that specific ethnic groups had not been targeted in France. (Mostly for political gain with the extreme-right electorate) Continue reading

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Selected journal articles and book chapters

Charlotte J. Patterson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and in the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. She is also a faculty member and research scientist at the Fenway Institute’s Center for Population Research in LGBT Health in Boston. Her research focuses on the psychology of sexual orientation, with an emphasis on sexual orientation, human development, and family lives. In the context of her research, Patterson has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families; she is best known for her studies of child development in the context of lesbian- and gay-parented families. Continue reading

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2010-09-13: More foreign adoptions likely with new country agreements (Bulgaria, South Africa and Thailand)

Brian O’Callaghan, International Adoption Association, says that negotiations have begun between Ireland and Bulgaria, South Africa and Thailand for adoptions Continue reading

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2010-09-13: Irish couples may adopt from three new countries (Bulgaria, South Africa and Thailand)

Irish couples will be able to adopt children from Bulgaria, South Africa and Thailand through administrative agreements being discussed by the Adoption Board under the new Adoption Act. Continue reading

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2010-09-13: State gives private companies €182m to run asylum centres

New records show how the slow pace of Ireland’s asylum process has proved a cash cow for a small number of companies who secured major state contracts. With some asylum cases taking up to six years to finalise, the business of providing applicants with food and shelter has been a lucrative one. Continue reading

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2010-09-12: Newborn found in airport rubbish

Authorities at Manila airport in the Philippines have found a newborn baby in a rubbish bag apparently unloaded from a plane that landed in the city from the Middle East. Continue reading

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