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Organisation Information

Legislation: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Published: 15 August 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Acts under DCYA remit

Revised* Acts under DCYA remit

*A restated or revised Act is an administrative consolidation of that Act. It brings together in a single text all amendments and changes to an Act, making the law more accessible for all users.

Legislation in development

Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016

The Adoption Information and Tracing Bill 2016 was published on 25th November 2016 and is progressing through the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The main purpose of the Bill is to provide for a scheme whereby adoption information, including information required to obtain a birth certificate, may be provided to an adopted person subject to certain conditions. The Bill also provides that birth parents and other persons may obtain information about an adopted person, subject to the other party's consent. The Bill further provides that a person who may have been the subject of an 'informal care arrangement' or an 'incorrect registration' and a birth parent of that person is entitled to apply for information under Part 5 of the Bill.

Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill - Regulatory Impact Analysis

Further information on this policy area.

Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019

The Child Care Amendment Bill 2019 was published on 12th August 2019 and is expected to progress through the Houses of the Oireachtas during the Autumn/Winter session.

The main purpose of the Bill is to replace the existing provision in section 26 of the 1991 Child Care Act with more extensive provisions relating to Guardians ad litem. The overall objective is to ensure that the Guardian ad litem service can be provided to benefit the greatest number of children and young people, so that their voices can be heard in child care proceedings and that this service will be of high quality and sustainable into the future.

Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019 - Regulatory Impact Analysis (When link is available from policy unit)

Further information on this policy area.

Adoption (Information and Tracing (No.2)) Bill

Provisions relating to an information and tracing service for a person who has been the subject of an inter country adoption were originally included in the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 (see above). It is now proposed to include those provisions in a separate Bill. The department is continuing to develop policy in this regard and has committed to introducing information and tracing legislation in relation to inter country adoptions as soon as possible.

Further information on this policy area is available here.