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Children's Minister meeting with Russian officials over adoption agreement

Frances Fitzgerald said the discussions will allow her to explore the feasibility of an agreement on intercountry adoption.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald
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CHILDREN’S MINISTER FRANCES Fitzgerald will tomorrow meet with senior Russian officials to discuss the possibility of a bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption.

She will have diplomatic discussions in Moscow with her counter part Minister Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Education and Science, and will also meet with members of the Committee of Family Affairs in the Russian Duma.

Commenting ahead of her trip, Fitzgerald said the discussions will give her an opportunity to clarify the degree to which negotiation of a bilateral agreement can address the concerns of both countries and meet the requirements of their respective legal systems.

Over 1600 Russian children have been adopted by Irish families and Fitzgerald said many of these families wish to adopt from the country again.

“The purpose of any bilateral agreement would be to ensure that intercountry adoption between Ireland and the Russian Federation can take place – in accordance with best practice and respecting the constitutional and legal requirements of both countries,” she said.

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