Court Refusing to Recognise Irish Couple’s Adoption of Mexican Girl

An Irish couple have asked the High Court to overturn the Adoption Authority of Ireland’s refusal to recognise their adoption of a young Mexican girl.

The court is refusing on a legal technicality to recognise the adoption though all parties agree the child’s wellbeing would be guaranteed by recognising the adoption. 18 other adoptions are in the same boat.

The couple went through an onerous process during 2010 to secure the adoption, including having to stay in Mexico for about six months until the adoption was finalised, he said.

When they returned to Ireland with the child in March 2011, they were told the adoption authority could not recognise the adoption because it did not meet requirements of the Hague Convention.

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